During the fall and winter down here in Texas, ruby red grapefruit is in season. I just love the color and taste — that bright red juiciness. They are deliciously sweet.
One of my favorite things to drink is grapefruit juice. I usually have a carton in the fridge or when I can buy a huge bag of ruby red grapefruits, I love to make it freshly squeezed. Everybody else in my family thinks I’m nuts. They love orange juice, which is fine by me. Nobody ends up stealing my grapefruit juice!
After making orangeade and blood orangeade earlier this year, I wondered how grapefruitade would taste. For my birthday back in September, I spent a day at Ikea, driving Nate insane, lol. But, I found these great bottles. I was so excited to pull one out and fill it with grapefruitade.
Since “ades” are juice with added sugar syrup, I decided to cut the sugar and use sucralose — which is Splenda. It’s simple to substitute because you use the same amount as you do for sugar. 1 cup sugar = 1 cup of sucralose. Normally, I find sucralose to be much sweeter than sugar, so I tend to use less. Since this was grapefruit, and it can be rather sour, I figured the same amount would do the trick.
I like to make the simple syrup in the microwave because I’m lazy and don’t want to stand at the stove stirring. I use a glass Pirex pitcher and mix 1 cup of sucralose with 1 cup of water and heat it til it boils, which is about 4-5 minutes. Then, I let it cool down before I add it to the juice.
I have to say this was delicious. I chilled it for a couple hours and then drank it with dinner, and it was so good — just the perfect sweet and sour combination. I’ll be heading to the grocery store to grab another bag of ruby red grapefruits to make it again soon.
An easy and delicious recipe for grapefruitade made from Texas ruby red grapefruits. And to cut the sugar, it's made with sucralose instead of sugar.
20 minPrep Time
5 minCook Time
25 minTotal Time
- 5-6 ripe ruby red grapefruits
- 1 lemon
- 2 cups simple sucralose syrup (recipe below)
- 3-4 cups water
- 1 cup sucralose
- 1 cup water
- Combine sucralose and 1 cup of water. Heat in the microwave for 4-5 minutes until it reaches a boil.
- Allow to cool.
- In a strainer, juice all grapefruits and lemon to measure around 2 cups.
- Make the simple syrup and allow to cool for a few minutes.
- Transfer to a pitcher or bottle.
- Once the syrup has cooled, combine with juice.
- Add an additional 3-4 cups of water.
- Mix thoroughly.
- Chill for at least 2 hours before serving