Warm Grapefruit Tea

This refreshing recipe for warm grapefruit tea was first published in the February 2008 issue of Body+Soul.
The Martha Stewart Show, January Winter 2008
  • Yield Serves 4
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  • 2 cups ruby red grapefruit juice (squeezed from 2 grapefruits)
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice berries


  1. In a medium pot, combine juice, honey, cinnamon, allspice, and 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil over high heat; strain and discard solids. Serve with a grapefruit segment or strip of zest.

Recipe Reviews

Reviews (18)

  • Kelly Kromidas 8 Jan, 2013

    If you do choose to use bottled juice, make sure you get juice that IS NOT FROM CONCENTRATE! Simply Orange and Minute Maid Pure Squeezed are two lines available in grocery stores in our area that carry Grapefruit juice not from concentrate. If your store doesn't carry it, you can always ask them to order some for you.

  • Kelly Kromidas 8 Jan, 2013

    If you happen to live near a Whole Foods Market or a Stew Leonard's, you can buy bottled fresh squeezed grapefruit juice in their produce department for about $7. Cheaper than juicing whole grapefruits, but you still get all the health benefits of non processed, raw grapefruit juice.

  • jenniealice 2 Jan, 2012

    I really like this recipe, so I made it again tonight to go along with the Whole Living Challenge, but this time I used bottled juice since it was only about $3 at the store (grapefruit were $1 ea.); it was much less work and mess than doing the tea from scratch. The taste is excellent again, though I'll always stick to 4 tbsp. honey to counter the bite. I'm not sure if all the same good nutrients are still in the bottled version (no pulp), but what I bought wasn't from concentrate.

  • socalbarb 23 Sep, 2011

    Has anyone tried bottled grapefruit juice instead of fresh?

  • lesa05 2 Jul, 2011

    I tried this, not only did it taste great, it also mad me feel great. Very good drink for the cold winters

  • greenleaf9 5 Feb, 2011

    Honey is very good for you and worth the calories it contains. For added health benefits, use raw honey.

  • jenniealice 17 Jan, 2011

    I didn't have whole allspice or cinnamon, but it turned out good. The honey caramelizes a bit and gives it a good flavor, though grapefruit is naturally rather harsh/bitter.

  • Gigi2010 7 Jan, 2011

    Do not have grapefruit if on cholesterol meds

  • mgetoff 13 Mar, 2010

    Splenda is bad for you. Use stevia instead.

  • mgetoff 13 Mar, 2010

    Splenda is bad for you. Use stevia instead.

  • JacqueB 23 Feb, 2010

    What is the adverse reactions possible if you take high blood pressure medication. This sounds so good. I do remember hearing about not having grapefruit with these meds. Does anyone know?

  • mariekoran 25 Jan, 2010

    Those worried about the honey adding too many calories could try stevia instead.

  • michelledhummel 7 Jul, 2009

    I would think the honey would add too many calories to the tea. Will try splenda instead!

  • lighthouselady517 6 Jul, 2009

    Where's the nutritional information? How many calories? How many carbs? Please include this with the recipes.

  • carolbart 7 Mar, 2009

    I really enjoyed this, but I must not have let it steep long enough to taste much of the spices. I will drink this again

  • Neenaw 23 Feb, 2009

    This is DELICIOUS!! Reminds me of wassil.

  • Petunia-Cate 22 Feb, 2009

    Actually you can call it tea, doesn't have to have tea leaves, only spices and other organic matter, such as juice

  • lvtocook 19 Feb, 2009

    This looks like a wonderful warm drink but where is the tea? You can't call this tea without some kind of tea leaves in it. It would be wonderful with some green or white tea, and very healthy too.