Le Pamplemousse


Remember when we used to have this cocktail blog? Well, Scott and I never forgot about it, and we’re finally back with a great summer drink! We created the Pamplemousse back when we started posting, and we’ve been drinking it ever since. Back in 2011, it was supposed to be the next post. And now it is!


The Pamplemousse is a refreshing little drink made with gin, lemon and this liqueur you might have heard of, St. Germain. In 2011, this elderflower concoction was new, and no one had heard of it. Nowadays, it’s earned the nickname ‘bartender’s ketchup;’ put it in anything to improve the flavor. In the case of the pamplemousse cocktail, St. Germain transforms what is essentially a Fitzgerald into grapefruit juice! Not literally, of course, but the similarity in flavor is uncanny. This is a great lazy day drink, perfect for summer brunches or nights when you don’t have too much planned.

Be careful, though, because the Pamplemousse mostly tastes like juice, you might over serve yourself. Don’t be that person!

Le Pamplemousse

  • 2 oz. Gin
  • 0.5 oz. Lemon juice* (half a lemon)
  • 0.75 oz. St. Germain

Combine all ingredients and shake with ice. Serve up with a lemon or grapefruit twist, if desired.

*Always use fresh squeezed lemon juice for this libation (and any cocktail requiring it). You won’t regret it!


If a lighter, session cocktail is more your style, we’ve found that this drink works well with La Croix Pamplemousse sparkling water. (I know, shocking!) The recipe is essentially the same, but the flavor is a bit lighter and more effervescent with the sparkling water.  You can also make it a very light drink by using a double old-fashioned and more La Croix.

Pamplemousse Spritzer

  • 2 oz. Gin
  • 0.5 oz. Lemon juice (half a lemon)
  • 0.75 oz. St. Germain
  • La Croix Pamplemousse sparkling water

Combine gin, lemon and St. Germain and shake with ice. Pour into a tumbler with ice, top with La Croix, stir to combine. Garnish with a lemon or grapefruit twist, if desired. We also highly recommend adding Bittermen’s Hopped Grapefruit bitters to the session cocktail version. (They are also good with the regular cocktail).


Recommended Gins

The Pamplemousse plays nice with a wide variety of botanical and citrus-y gins, but it takes most like grapefruit juice with something with a mild flavor profile. I believe Plymouth and Corsair were our go-tos when we first started making this drink. Now, we’ve come to love it with Hendrick’s or The Botanist. We’d steer you away from spicier gins like Beefeater or Bombay for this drink, and we prefer the clean taste of a London Dry or the sweetness of an Old Tom style gin best. But half the fun is experimenting!

Pamplemousse is French for grapefruit, which is how we named this drink. It’s also a delightful word to speak out loud: pɑ̃.plə.mus. 


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