Fortified Friday—Texas Bourbon and Grapefruit Cocktail

Texas Bourbon and Grapefruit Cocktail

I’m trying to broaden my pallet and have started to experiment with whiskeys. This drink is refreshing and dynamic and surprisingly easy to make. If you are looking to impress a guest, or maybe even yourself, give this drink a try this weekend.

If you’re like me, you may have thought, “what’s the difference between bourbon and whiskey?” I did some digging and found some fun facts…

FUN FACTS: Bourbon vs. whiskey?

Bourbon is a type of whiskey.

For a whiskey to qualify as bourbon, the law (by international agreement) sates that it must be made in the U.S. It must be made from at least 51% and no more than 79% Indian corn, and aged for at least two years in oak barrels.

Bourbon can be made anywhere in the U.S., but all but a couple of brands are made in Kentucky. Only the state of Kentucky can produce bourbon with its name on the label. The name comes from Bourbon County in the central bluegrass region of Kentucky. Source:

Texas Bourbon and Grapefruit Cocktail

Texas Bourbon and Grapefruit Cocktail

Texas Bourbon and Grapefruit Cocktail


What you need:
2 tablespoons fresh grapefruit juice
1.5 ounces bourbon
2 basil leaves
Grapefruit slices for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine ice, grapefruit juice, bourbon, basil, Agave (to taste) and shake well for a few seconds. Strain the drink in ice-filled glass. Rub rim with grapefruit slice and finish as a garnish.

*Tips: if you are making many of these drinks, juicing the grapefruit ahead of time and putting it in a squirt bottle saves time and avoids tired knuckles. Also, if you don’t have Agave on hand you can use simple syrup.


  1. Tionna says

    Yummyyyyyy! Beautiful photos too!

  2. michelle tippets says

    I didn;t know that about Whiskey. Going to try these

  3. nancy says

    I love to see your photographs. The drinks look so delicious. You always find the neatest things to try.



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