Grapefruit Crush

I’m happy to introduce to you a cocktail I sampled while on vacation this summer:  the Grapefruit Crush 

Grapefruit Crush Cocktail

This cocktail is crazy, all-over-the-place in Baltimore, Maryland and surrounding areas.  It mimics the very popular Orange Crush cocktail recipe that has its origins on the Maryland shores- specifically at the Harborside Bar and Grill in Ocean City, Maryland.  Now crushes of all flavors have maneuvered their way into the city of Baltimore, and you’ll see them on the menu at every bar.

My son attended a lacrosse camp at Goucher college in Towson a few weeks ago, and my husband and I stayed in the inner harbor area of Baltimore.  We loved exploring the area (though it was extremely hot and humid!)  Our hotel concierge suggested we try the crush cocktails, so we sought them out and gave them a shot.  I tried a peach crush and a grapefruit crush.  The grapefruit was my favorite!

Grapefruit Crush Cocktail Recipe - from

The bartender at the Four Seasons pool bar schooled me on how to make a Grapefruit Crush.  Of course, I had to make them at home and recreate Baltimore’s beloved drink.  It’s a great summer cocktail!

Grapefruit Crush

Yield: 1 cocktail

Prep Time:5 minures

  • 1 part freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1 part grapefruit vodka
  • 1 part triple sec
  • splash of 7-Up or Sprite
  • grapefruit wedge
  • ice cubes
  1. Place ice cubes in a glass.
  2. Add grapefruit juice, vodka triple sec (we use about a shot-glass of each).  Add a splash of 7-Up or Sprite.  Give it a stir and garnish with a grapefruit wedge.

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  • Cheryle wrote:

    I used grapefruit seltzer, no calories and not so sweet. The ruby red grapefruit freshly squeezed is sweet enough. Buy good Vodka, like the ruby red Deep Eddy it definitely makes a difference in the taste! 

  • Heather R. wrote:

    Yes! My husband and I were just there last month to visit my brother and sister-in-law who just moved there and these were EVERYWHERE…and I had them everywhere! So many to choose from but I went with the classic grapefruit every time. Thanks for sharing the recipe! 

  • Lisa Bynum wrote:

    Thanks for including a link to my Rosemary, Gin and Grapefruit Cocktail! Your grapefruit crush definitely sounds like it would be right up my alley!

  • Dana Reaser wrote:

    I was just there this past week and always have to visit Harborside for their Orange Crushes!!! I did see these on the menu but wasn’t sure – glad to know they are just as awesome as it’s original counterpart – I will def be making these at home – yummmmmmm!!!