Charred Grapefruit Tonic

a cocktail recipe from Bittermilk

We’re pretty excited about these cocktail mixers from Bittermilk in Charleston, SC.  These mixers are hand crafted and hand bottled, all you need to do is add the booze! Husband and wife team MariElena and Joe Raya developed Bittermilk to make it easier for you to make craft cocktails at home.  They have created their mixers with all-natural, mostly organic ingredients. Each of their products use a bittering agent, a sweetener, and an acid to help you create a perfectly balanced cocktail.

Bittermilk No. 5 (Charred Grapefruit Tonic with Bulls Bay Sea Salt) is made with lime and lemon juices, cane sugar and cinchona bark (the source of quinine for tonic). Fresh grapefruit is hand peeled and then torched to extract bitter, yet refreshing citrus notes. Just a hint of South Carolina Bulls Bay Saltworks sea salt brings out savory caramel notes and rounds out the flavors.

Bittermilk has shared this Charred Grapefruit Tonic cocktail recipe with us.  We think it pairs really well with a cheese board that include a soft cheese such as Pave Angel.  Or if you’re in a sweet mood, pair it with the Dark Chocolate and Raspberry bar from Askinosie.

grapefruit tonic
photo courtesy of @bittermilk



  • Build in a glass over ice.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge.


Want to learn more about Bittermilk? Visit their website.

Check out other Bittermilk cocktail recipes on our blog: Pinky Swear Cocktail, La Cabra Cocktail, and Smoked Honey Whiskey Sour.

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