My Charred Grapefruit and Ginger Fizz with Chilli Syrup Mocktail certainly has a kick!My Charred Grapefruit and Ginger Fizz with Chilli Syrup Mocktail certainly has a kick!Are you taking part in dry January?

Judging by the fishbowl-sized gin and tonic I was cradling at the weekend, I think it’s fair to say I’m not.
I’m not much of a drinker generally – one or two at the weekend (unless it’s girl’s night, then it’s a different story) is enough for me. Chocolate is my biggest vice.

Maybe I should have given that up for January (yeah right!).

I do know what it’s like when everyone else is drinking and you’re not though. It’s water, or maybe a mixer by itself.


If I’m going to watch everyone else drink wine or tropical cocktails, I want something that’s going to tickle my tastebuds. Something sweet, with a bit of a kick that makes you look forward to the next mouthful.

An interesting mocktail!!

My Charred Grapefruit and Ginger Fizz with Chilli Syrup Mocktail certainly has a kick!

That’s what I had in mind when I came up with this one.

Sweet, spicy, a touch of sour and a whole load of tasty!

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5 from 3 votes

Charred Grapefruit and Ginger Fizz with Chilli Syrup Mocktail

Charred Grapefruit and Ginger Fizz with Chilli Syrup Mocktail
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 3 glasses
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American, British


  • 250 ml (1 cup + 2 tsp) ruby grapefruit juice you can juice approx 1 1/2 ruby grapefruits to get the same amount of juice
  • 50 g (1/4 cup) caster or superfine sugar
  • 120 ml (1/2 cup) water
  • 1 red chilli sliced in half (use a chilli with a bit of heat!)
  • juice of one lime
  • 1 slice ruby grapefruit cut into quarters
  • 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 250 ml (1 cup + 2 tsp) fiery ginger beer I used Old Jamaica

To Serve:

  • 9 slices lime
  • 1 cup crushed ice
  • 3 Thai chillies for decoration


  • Add the grapefruit juice, sugar, water, and sliced chilli to a small saucepan. Place on a high heat, bring to the boil, stir and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and leave to cool before removing and discarding the chilli.
    250 ml (1 cup + 2 tsp) ruby grapefruit juice, 50 g (1/4 cup) caster or superfine sugar, 120 ml (1/2 cup) water, 1 red chilli
  • Add the lime juice to the chilli-grapefruit mixture.
    juice of one lime
  • Take the grapefruit slices and dust with the brown sugar. Use a cooks blowtorch to carefully caramelize and slightly char the sugar and grapefruit on both sides (or you could place under a very hot grill or place on a griddle to caramelize).
    1 slice ruby grapefruit, 1 tbsp light brown sugar
  • Fill three glasses with the crushed ice. Add 3 slices of lime to each glass. Divide the chilli-grapefruit liquid between the three glasses and top with ginger beer. 
    9 slices lime, 1 cup crushed ice, 250 ml (1 cup + 2 tsp) fiery ginger beer
  • Make a small slit in the grapefruit wedges and place on the side of the glasses for decoration. Top each glass with a Thai chilli and serve.
    3 Thai chillies for decoration


Nutrition info is for one glass.


Calories: 179kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 1g | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 349mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 40g | Vitamin A: 570IU | Vitamin C: 117.7mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 1.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 5 stars
    This looks amazing! I’m pregnant and not drinking alcohol, but I’m always looking for an interesting mocktail so I feel like part of the fun when we have people over. I love grapefruit and I think this will be perfect for my next get-together.

  2. 5 stars
    hah, I’m definitely not a type for dry January, but wouldn’t mind having one of those! Love that charred grapefruit there! And the pictures are just lovely, so vibrant and fresh looking!

  3. 5 stars
    Whoa whoa whoa!
    Did you put ginger and chili in the mocktail? I gotta try this recipe right this weekend! Thank you for sharing such a compelling recipe, Nicky! Time to surprise my taste buds!