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Grilled Grapefruit Buck Cocktail

Grilled Grapefruit Buck Cocktail

By Traeger Kitchen

This brunch-worthy cocktail is calling your name this weekend. Sugar-coated grapefruit is grilled on the Traeger until slightly caramelized then squeezed into a mix of fresh lemon juice, ginger beer, Traeger Smoked Simple Syrup, and vodka.

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cook Time

10 Minutes




Number of People Serving


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Units of Measurement:
Grilled Grapefruit Juice
4 grapefruit, halved
1/2 Cup turbinado sugar
12 Ounce vodka
1 1/2 Ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice from 1 lemon
3 Ounce Traeger Smoked Simple Syrup
8 Sprig fresh mint leaves
12 Ounce ginger beer
2 grapefruit sliced into 1/2 inch rounds, for garnish


  • 1

    When ready to cook, set Traeger temperature to 500℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

    500 ˚F / 260 ˚C

  • 2

    Coat the sliced grapefruit on both sides with turbinado sugar and place on preheated Traeger. Grill 3 minutes per side or until there are grill marks. Remove from grill and set aside until cool enough to handle.

    500 ˚F / 260 ˚C

    • 4  grapefruit, halved

    • 1/2 Cup turbinado sugar

  • 3

    Squeeze grilled grapefruit to extract juice and strain (you should end up with about 16 ounces of juice).

  • 4

    Add vodka, grapefruit juice, lemon juice, Traeger Smoked Simple Syrup and 1 sprig of mint leaves to a pitcher and stir vigorously with a cocktail spoon.

    • 12 Ounce vodka

    • 1 1/2 Ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice from 1 lemon

    • 3 Ounce Traeger Smoked Simple Syrup

    • 8 Sprig fresh mint leaves

  • 5

    Add a handful of ice and stir vigorously for 30 more seconds.

  • 6

    Pour into to 6 rocks glasses filled with ice and top with ginger beer.

    • 12 Ounce ginger beer

  • 7

    Garnish with a grilled grapefruit slice and a mint sprig. Enjoy!

    • 2  grapefruit sliced into 1/2 inch rounds, for garnish

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