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Charred Grapefruit and Basil Gin and Tonic

Sweet and sour grapefruit paired with the mild anise flavor of fresh basil. This Charred Grapefruit and Basil Gin and Tonic is a must for all G&T lovers. Not only does this Gin cocktail taste amazing, it just looks sensational. Perfect for the cooler months when grapefruits fill the shops.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Cocktail
Cuisine: Modern Australian
Servings: 1
Calories: 153kcal
Author: Claire | Sprinkles and Sprouts
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  • 1 thick wedge red grapefruit
  • 1/4 cup gin
  • 1 cup ice
  • 2 fresh basil leaves
  • 2/3 cup tonic
  • Additional basil for garnish


  • Put a cast iron fry pan/heavy based non-stick fry pan over a high heat and leave it to get hot.
  • Once the pan is hot add the grapefruit wedge, flesh side down and let it get a good smoky char, turn and char on the second side.
  • Remove from the grapefruit from the pan and set aside to cool.
  • Pour the gin, ice cubes and the basil leaves into a cocktail shaker/mason jar/ jug.
  • Shake or muddle the basil to bruise the leaves and release the flavours.
  • Pour the infused gin into your glass.
  • Add additional ice, top up with chilled tonic water add your charred grapefruit and a sprig of basil.


Calories: 153kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 41mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 9.6mg
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