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whiskey sour cocktail with grapefruit garnish

Pants Optional – a Grapefruit-Lavender Sour

Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktailHeather Wibbels
Welcome spring with this floral grapefruit-lavender sour. Floral notes from a lavender-infused syrup blend deliciously with fresh grapefruit and lemon juice and whiskey.
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Course Drinks
Cuisine Bourbon Cocktail


  • 2 oz bourbon
  • 1 oz grapefruit juice
  • ½ oz lemon juice
  • 1 oz lavender simple syrup** If you don’t have lavender in the house a honey syrup is an amazing substitution (see below for recipe)
  • ½ oz Campari
  • ¾ oz aquafaba or egg white optional
  • Garnish: grapefruit slices or lemon slices sprig of lavender if it’s in season


  • Combine ingredients in a shaker and fill with ice. Shake vigorously for 60 seconds. Then shake for a bit more, especially if you added egg white or aquafaba. Double strain into a rocks glass over ice and garnish with slices of grapefruit or lemon.


** Lavender simple: Brew 2 tablespoons of lavender with 1 cup of water. Steep and let cool. Strain, add 1 cup of sugar and stir until combined. Store in the fridge for 2-3 weeks. Great in homemade lemonade, any whiskey sour, added to a champagne cocktail/mimosa, mixed in a refreshing mule or in added to a vodka tonic.
Keyword campari, floral, grapefruit
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