While you might assume that doing all these cocktail posts while pregnant is a torturous affair…it’s actually been really fun to fantasize about all the little libations I’ll get to drink post-baby, and live vicariously through the willing taste-testers on my team. Today’s grapefruit-mint bellini is so up my alley, as it combines 3 of my favorite flavors in the world: grapefruit, mint and bubbly. And it definitely falls into my guidelines for easygoing summer party drinks, since I can mix it up in under a minute and serve to a crowd (no muddling, shaking or complicated mixing required!) By the way, the feminine hue of this drink makes it perfect for incorporating one of my favorite party tricks: edible flowers! Keep reading for tips on how to use them, as well as the recipe for these grapefruit-mint bellinis. 

Did you know that, as long as they’re not sprayed with pesticides, flowers like primroses, pansies, snapdragons and johnny jump ups are all perfectly edible? If you’re not growing them in your garden, many grocery stores actually stock packages of these flowers near the fresh herbs, and I love using them to add beautiful color and interest to summer salads, or to top cupcakes and scoops of sorbet. (find a comprehensive list of which flowers are okay to eat here.)

Trust me on this one: bottled grapefruit juice doesn’t compare to the flavor of freshly-squeezed when it takes a starring role in a recipe like this. And no need for an expensive juicer; a manual version like this one makes quick work of squeezing out every last drop of citrus flavor (and it happens to be on a super sale right now.)

Bottoms Up! (Helianthus Goblets from Anthropologie.)

Grapefruit-Mint Bellini

*serves 6

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 bunch fresh mint
  • 2 – 3 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine (champagne, prosecco, cava…whatever you like!)
  • edible flowers, for garnish

Instructions:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring sugar, water and mint to a boil. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved, 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool completely, then discard mint sprigs.
  2. Divide simple syrup and grapefruit juice between 6 glasses and stir. Top with champagne and garnish with edible flowers.
43 comments
  1. 1
    Jacqueline Cote | June 13, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    A must make for the weekend!

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    Clare | June 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Mouthwatering!

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    Jenn | June 13, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    mmm these sound so yummy! i love grapefruit juice, so i’ll definitely need to give these a try! thanks for sharing. x0-jenn

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  4. 4
    Jewel | June 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    What a pretty drink! I just so happen to have all of these ingredients at home right now.

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    Amy | June 13, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Not only is the color of that drink beautiful, but those glasses are so adorable. i’m such a sucker for unique vintage glasses!

    xoxo,
    mon amy

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    Chanel Dror | June 13, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Happy to taste-test any time!!

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    naomi | June 13, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Oh this looks so good that my mouth started to water! I don’t know how this isn’t torturing you! xx

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    Jacquelyn | lark&linen | June 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    I would definitely feel guilty drinking this – it’s MUCH too pretty (which makes it taste that much better, I’m sure)

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    Lulu | June 13, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Yum! Where are those lovely glasses from?

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    The Cockail Concierge {Tanya} | June 13, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    I am so loving the glassware! Do tell where to get them at…

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    Erin | House of Earnest | June 13, 2012 at 3:57 pm

    wow! This looks right up my alley! I am really excited to give it a try this weekend.

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    Supal {chevrons and éclairs} | June 13, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    These look delicious! I actually make a strawberry mint bellini for our monthly family brunch! Will make this rendition for the next one 🙂

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    • Camille Styles | June 13, 2012 at 10:54 pm

      Yum – that is one of my OTHER fave flavor combos!!

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    Tiffany @ Savor Home | June 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Its almost 9PM and and I want to run to the grocery store and buy some grapefruits to make this tonight!! Looks so good…

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    Amy | June 13, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    This one certainly looks like a keeper. Love those flavors too and the color of course!

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    Amberly @ The Good Life | June 13, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Yum! What a fun flavor combo!

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    Angela@veggievinyasa | June 13, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    This looks amazing and perfect for my “summer in Marrakesh” party this August

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    • Camille Styles | June 13, 2012 at 10:55 pm

      Oooh, love that theme – and these would be absolutely perfect! Moroccan cuisine loves its mint, after all…

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    Sweet Harvest Moon | June 14, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Yum!

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    Kelly | June 14, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Oh wow, sounds delish!

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    Keely | June 15, 2012 at 10:47 am

    This looks so yummy, Camille!

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    Kathleen | June 16, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Brand new fan here- Saw this recipe the same day I started reading your site, and tried it out last night with group of my girlfriends. We all LOVED it. I have a new summer cocktail, along with a new favorite source of inspiration. x

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    Debra Kapellakis | June 18, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Gorgeous photo’s and a yummy recipe.

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    C. C. Cedras | August 28, 2012 at 11:55 am

    Your photography is superb and this recipe is making me salivate. I want one right this minute! Also, another great use for the mint taking over one of my herb beds. Thanks!

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    Juicer Base | June 2, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Great recipe and looks so good. Thank You

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    Citrus Juicers | August 2, 2018 at 12:10 pm

    Tantalizingly Delicious. Imma try the grapefruit juice recipe this evening.

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