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Grapefruit-Thyme Surprise

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings
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1 cup sugar

6 sprigs fresh thyme 

8 cups fresh grapefruit juice 

2 cups vodka 

6 thin slices fresh grapefruit rounds, halved

6 cups ice, plus more for serving


  1. In a small saucepan, stir 1 cup water, the sugar and thyme sprigs over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer until the sugar dissolves, 3 to 5 minutes. Remove the syrup from the heat and discard the thyme.
  2. Add the grapefruit juice, vodka and simple syrup to a pitcher. Add in the grapefruit and the ice, and stir. Pour the cocktail over ice to serve.