Grapefruit soda is citrusy and refreshing: ideal for sipping solo or adding to mixed drinks! It’s simple to make at home.

Grapefruit Soda

What’s more refreshing than the sweet, citrusy flavor of grapefruit? One of the best ways to enjoy this flavor is a Grapefruit Soda! It’s bubbly and refreshing, ideal for sipping on its own or adding to mixed drinks as a mixer. While you can find many brands at the store, stirring it up at home is even tastier! All you need are three ingredients to make a homemade soda with the best bubbly flavor. We couldn’t stop sipping it, and of course it’s fantastic in a Paloma.

Ingredients in grapefruit soda

Grapefruit soda is a carbonated drink flavored with grapefruit juice and sugar. There are many brands on the market, including Squirt, Ting, and Fresca. The sweet tart flavor makes it an ideal choice as a cocktail mixer, used in popular drinks like the Mexican Paloma and the Finnish Long Drink. You can also make it homemade using fresh squeezed grapefruit juice with three simple ingredients:

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By the glass vs pitcher

You can make DIY grapefruit soda two ways: by the glass or in a large pitcher! The pitcher style is great for entertaining so that you can keep refilling glasses without measuring for every glass.

  • By the glass: Add ¼ cup simple syrup and ¼ cup fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. Top it off with 1 cup soda water.
  • Pitcher: Add 1 cup simple syrup, 2 cups grapefruit juice and 8 cups club soda to a pitcher. Make sure to only do this for a party though: leftovers don’t last because the sparkling water becomes flat over time.

Grapefruit soda brands

Want to buy this citrusy soda? There are several brands on the market that are great for keeping on hand to mix up cocktails. Taste test a few varieties to find your favorite. Here are a few grapefruit soda brands to look for at the store:

  • Fresca
  • Ting
  • Squirt
  • Kiss
  • Goya
  • Jarritos
  • Fever Tree
  • IZZE
  • Sprindrift
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Cocktails that use grapefruit soda

You can also use this homemade soda for a cocktail: it makes one refreshing drink! Here are a few cocktails that are traditionally made with grapefruit soda:

  • Paloma: The most famous of all, this classic Mexican drink pairs grapefruit with tequila.
  • Cantaritos: Cantaritos are Mexican tequila cocktails served in clay cups! The drink is incredibly refreshing, featuring lemon, lime, grapefruit and tequila.
  • Finnish Long Drink: Also known as the lonkero, it’s a highball cocktail served in Finland, a combination of gin and grapefruit soda. 

More DIY soda recipes

Want to make more soda recipes at home? Here are a few more sparkling drinks you might enjoy:

This grapefruit soda recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free.

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Grapefruit Soda

Grapefruit Soda

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 3 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink (or 8 drinks) 1x


Grapefruit soda is citrusy and refreshing: ideal for sipping solo or adding to mixed drinks! It’s simple to make at home.


  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) simple syrup
  • 2 ounces (¼ cup) fresh grapefruit juice
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) soda water (club soda)


  1. Single glass: In the serving glass, stir the simple syrup and grapefruit juice. Add ice and top with soda water and stir gently to combine. Taste and add additional sweetener if desired. Garnish with grapefruit wedge and serve with ice (makes 10 ounces or 1 ½ cups).
  2. Pitcher: In a large pitcher, combine 1 cup simple syrup, 2 cups grapefruit juice, and 8 cups soda water. Add ice and serve (makes 8 1 ⅓ cup servings).
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Drink
  • Diet: Vegan

Keywords: Grapefruit soda

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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