The Big Texan Bourbon & Grapefruit Cocktail

We found a couple versions and had to try it. We didn’t have grapefruit juice but we did have some Fresca, which actually worked really well. Here’s our version for one drink.

The Big Texan Cocktail


  • 1 1/2 oz Bourbon
  • 1 1/2 oz Fresca (or any grapefruit soda)
  • 2 basil leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice
  • 2 drops of bitters
  • ice
  • 1 grapefruit slice (optional)
  • 1 preserved cherry (optional)


Add the bourbon, Fresca, and basil into a cocktail shaker and then fill the shaker with ice. Shake well and then strain into a cocktail glass with a large ice globe (or 5 ice cubes). Add the lemon juice and two drops of bitters.

You can garnish with a slice of grapefruits and a cherry.

If you have fresh grapefruit juice, you can substitute the Fresca with 1 oz of grapefruit juice and 1/2 oz of simple syrup.


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