” Pink Grapefruit Juice & Coconut Water Cocktail, or Mocktail?”


Here is a somewhat healthy drink to end this year, or to start your 2015 off deliciously.

A mixture of fresh pink grapefruit juice, coconut water, vanilla beans, a honey or agave nectar based simple syrup, seltzer water and a bit of fresh fruit for a garnish with or without a splash of Vodka is pretty healthy…..no?

Totally and absolutely inspired by Donna Hay Magazine  Dec/Jan 2015 Issue.  Pages of beautiful cocktail ideas for the Holiday season..lovely photographs..an intriguing mix of ingredients.


A Mocktail…no Vodka, a Cocktail with a generous splash!


I stumbled upon some fresh red cherries in the supermarket. In December? These along with some of my candied Buddha Hand citrus pieces..perfect garnish.

Big chunks of candied citrus. Citrus & honey simple syrup. (Go here for how to make candied citrus and a simple syrup. Any citrus works the same. If you want use either honey or agave nectar.)


Serve over ice…sip..relax. Here’s a toast to a Happy and Interesting New Year Y’all.


Pink Grapefruit Juice & Coconut Water Cocktail/Mocktail

  • Servings: 15-20
  • Difficulty: very easy
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  • 4 cups pink grapefruit juice (fresh)
  • 4 cups coconut water
  • 1 vanilla bean, split to allow seeds to come out
  • 1/2 to 1 cup citrus/agave simple syrup (to taste)
  • 2 bottles of seltzer water
  • Good Vodka for Cocktail, or not for a Mocktail
  • candied citrus peel or candied ginger for garnish
  • fresh fruit – cherries, mango or pineapple chunks for garnish


  1. A few hours before serving mix together the grapefruit juice, coconut water, split vanilla bean & simple syrup in a large container. Stir well. For this you can use a punch bowl or glass jar dispenser as I did. Cover and chill.
  2. Meanwhile make garnishes by spearing fresh fruit & candied citrus peel or ginger on a short skewer. Cover & chill.
  3. When ready to serve add seltzer water to the drink container & the Vodka to taste. If you prefer to have “kid or non-alcohol drinker friendly” mocktails add Vodka to individual drinks as desired.

Note: This drink mixture will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week…if it lasts that long! Cut recipe in half for a smaller crowd.

Based on “Fomo” a cocktail recipe in the Dec/Jan 2015 Issue of Donna Hay Magazine. I felt the original version was just too tart for my palate, so I added the simple syrup which gave this drink a more rounded flavor, which brought out the essences of the vanilla & coconut water.

Teresa Blackburn       teresablackburnfoodstyling.com          foodonfifth.com

17 thoughts on “” Pink Grapefruit Juice & Coconut Water Cocktail, or Mocktail?”

  1. Yumyum, Sounds amazing, Teresa, I’m a fan already. 😀 Definitely pinning this for later. I hope you’ll have awesome New Years Celebrations and will have a great start to 2015. 🙂 I’m a huge fan, as you know.

  2. Theresa, I love what you are doing “up there”! I’m a north alabama sculptor, artist, furniture designer and maker. Just wanted to share my enthusiasm for your “art” and craft. Your work exudes the best of the South. Are you the photographer as well as stylist and chef?? Cheers.

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