Zingy Pink Grapefruit Soda

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For a healthy drink that tastes way better than a commercial diet grapefruit soda, and is all natural, one has to look no further than this grapefruit soda recipe.  The best thing about grapefruit soda is the refreshing, citrus flavor that it’s bursting with. It has just enough acidity and mild bitter flavor to not be cloying or candy like. This is such a nice adult- tasting soda that it can even be used for grapefruit mocktails, adding more seltzer, a twist of lime, and a touch of cranberry juice (the all juice variety).

In addition to the vitamin C and phytonutrients found in grapefruit, grapefruit aids in keeping the body’s insulin levels low and contains a chemical called naringin, that prevents fat from being stored. See the grapefruit soda nutrition information in the grapefruit soda recipe below for more information.

Zingy Pink Grapefruit Soda

Zingy Pink Grapefruit Soda

Serves: 4 servings | Serving size: 4 glasses | Calories: 78 | Total Fat: 0 g | Saturated Fats: 0 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 37 mg | Carbohydrates: 19 g | Dietary fiber: 5 g | Sugars: 2 g | Protein: 1 g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 3


  • 1/2 cup agave nectar, optional honey
  • 2 pink grapefruits, zested and juiced (see directions for zesting)
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ice cubes
  • 4 cups (1 quart) seltzer water, sparkling mineral water, or club soda


  1. Zest the grapefruits by peeling them with a vegetable peeler into wide strips. If any white pith remains on the peel, remove it with a paring knife.
  2. Combine sweetener, grapefruit zest and juice, lemon juice, and salt in a medium saucepan along with 1 cup water. Stir and bring just to a boil over medium high heat.
  3. Remove the syrup from the heat and let it sit for one hour. Strain the syrup to remove the peels/zest.
  4. To store extra syrup, cover with an airtight lid and store in the refrigerator for up to a week.
  5. Put four ice cubes in each glass and about ¼ cup of syrup. Fill the glass with carbonated water of choice and stir well to serve. Zingy Pink Grapefruit can be garnished with a mint or basil leaf. Add lime or lemon slices for added color.

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7 Comments on "Zingy Pink Grapefruit Soda"

  1. Carole  September 19, 2013

    This looks like a great recipe, but is agave "nectar" different than syrup? I find agave syrup to be very sweet. A cup sounds like a lot.

    • Skinny Ms.  September 20, 2013

      Carole, They are the same. Maybe start wit 1/2 cup and increase per your taste buds.

  2. mallory  October 20, 2014

    The serving size says 4 glasses. Does this mean 4, 8oz glasses?

    • SkinnyMs  October 21, 2014

      Mallory, Yes it does.

  3. Patty  January 8, 2017

    Would it have the same results if I used water?

  4. Sabrina B  March 2, 2017

    this looks wonderful! thank you for this recipe, can’t tell you how sick I am of the whole swath of diet this or that, even flavored water, love the bit of lemon juice too!


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