Grapefruit and Sage Champagne Cocktails |

Grapefruit and Sage Champagne Cocktails

Hi Friends! How are you? How was your Christmas? Did you eat ALL the cookies?

We had some crazy warm weather here in New England. I wore flip flops and a tank top. Sat outside in my beach chair. Grilled lamb chops. And even debated going for a swim in the ocean. Which I decided against doing in the end, opting instead to send this cake into the crashing waves in place of myself. It was all very bizarre.

Anyways, now I’m busy trying to avoid consuming any more cookies and thinking about New Year’s Eve plans. What do you traditionally make or eat on New Year’s Eve? Do you slurp noodles? Sauté fish? Or just skip straight to the champagne?

I hope you answered “skip straight to the champagne”. Because if so, then I have the perfect drink recipe for you today.

Grapefruit and Sage Champagne Cocktails |

The history of this blog tells me that I apparently have a thing for grapefruit juice + champagne on New Year’s Eve. Last year, I posted these Pink Grapefruit-Champagne Sorbet Floats. And this year, I’m sharing these easy Grapefruit and Sage Champagne Cocktails. I suppose the brightness of grapefruit juice is what makes it such an appealing way to celebrate the start of something new. And grapefruits are at their peak right now, so I just can’t help buying up armfuls of them at the grocery store. And of course, bubbles are a must-have for any New Year’s Eve party!

Given the seasonal abundance of grapefruits, squeezing your own juice is ideal. But if you’re going to be making these Grapefruit and Sage Champagne Cocktails for a big crowd, then store bought grapefruit juice would do just fine.



Grapefruit and Sage Champagne Cocktails

Grapefruit and Sage Champagne Cocktails


  • For the Simple Syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 bunches of fresh sage leaves

  • For the Cocktails
  • Pink grapefruit juice
  • Sage simple syrup
  • Angostura bitters
  • Ice cubes
  • Champagne or other sparkling white wine
  • Fresh sage leaves


  1. Make the simple syrup. Combine the sugar and water over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture starts to simmer and the sugar is completely dissolved. Stir in the sage and cook for 30 seconds more. Then remove the saucepan from the heat and set it aside to cool. Once the simple syrup has cooled to room temperature, remove and discard the sage. Transfer the simple syrup to a clean re-sealable container and store it in your refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
  2. Make the cocktails. For a single cocktail, vigorously shake 3 ounces (6 tablespoons) grapefruit juice, 1 1/2 ounces (3 tablespoons) of the sage simple syrup and 2-3 dashes of bitters in a shaker with ice. Strain into a glass with fresh ice. Top with about 1/2 cup of champagne. Garnish with fresh sage leaves, if desired. Serve immediately.


1. If you don’t have a cocktail shaker, you can use a mason jar and strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer.

37 comments on “Grapefruit and Sage Champagne Cocktails”

  1. How gorgeous are these cocktails?? I am seriously loving the sound of sage and grapefruit together!

  2. That cake picture you posted looks amazzzing! Also, it was warm here, but not THAT warm, so I’m kind of jealous. Today we are getting ice/sleet/snow so I think I’ll hide inside and make one of these for myself 🙂

  3. I love grapefruit, and it sounds perfect in these champagne cocktails! These are perfect for ringing in the new year!

  4. Isn’t this just the loveliest, fanciest thing ever? I’m all about grapefruit, but I’ve never had it with sage! Wow 🙂

  5. Grapefruit and blood oranges have my heart this time of the year. Love the herb you added here 🙂

  6. I definitely ate all the cookies, and then some! You are the queen of cocktail recipes, Liz! This drink looks absolutely gorgeous, not to mention delicious, too! I love the combination of grapefruit and sage! So creative!

  7. Such a fun idea, would be great for new year parties

  8. I happen to have some champagne leftover from Christmas breakfast that needs to be used up before NYE – this looks like the perfect recipe to try out! Happy Holidays!

  9. Beautiful cocktail!!

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  11. I loved that cake photo so so much. It was just beautiful! (I also once wrote a story about a floating cake and it reminded me of that, which made me happy 🙂

    And, naturally, I skip straight to the champagne on NYE. Though sometimes I have to pace myself. You know how it is…too much champagne and you won’t make it to midnight. So, a few sips here, a few apps there. We’re going all Russian themed this year. Which reminds me, I need to start curing the fish…shit. Okay, talk to you in 2016, sweet friend! So so happy to have met you through this crazy thing we call blogging!!! xoxox

    • Yeah, it’s a struggle sometimes for me to make it to midnight. I guess that makes me old! I’ll raise a glass to you this NYE, dear friend. Cheers!

  12. LOVE this cocktail, Liz!!!! love the sage. . I’ve got to try this .. beautiful and delicious!!! I’m also trying to avoid consuming any more cookies and will be cooking up a storm tomorrow and on New Years Day. . korean food. . and there will be champagne involved for sure!!! Happy New Year!!!!

  13. By all means – keep the grapefruity drinks a-comin’!!

  14. This cocktail looks incredible – and I love the pretty pink color!

  15. Grapefruit and sage and so amazing together! This looks so good! Beautiful photos too!

  16. How do you make these for a large crowd, what would recipe be? I need to pre make and take to a party so need to mix at home. Would need recipe for one bottle of champagne.

    • You could combine the simple syrup, grapefruit juice and bitters in a large pitcher. Then top with champagne right before serving. You don’t want to mix the champagne in advance because all the bubbles will be gone before you serve it.

  17. How many servings does this recipe make?

  18. I loved this recipe! It was delicious and I made it at Easter 2020.  
    I’m making it again but for the life of me can’t remember how much sage I used for the simple syrup.  How many leaves are in 2 bunches?  Im sure I don’t have to be exact but hoping to replicate this yummy beverage.
    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Ellen! So glad you loved it and are making it again. I don’t have an exact number either. Maybe 10-16 leaves?

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