Hot Grapefruit Tea

A few months ago, I asked my Facebook friends the following question: “I have been dissatisfied with every brand of vitamins I tried. I’m almost giving up. Can anyone recommend a multivitamin they tried and liked?”

A few of my friends answered with brands of vitamins they liked (the liquid kind was a popular one) but one of them replied with “Try figs, dates, raisins… warm grapefruit juice with honey is a winner.”

I was surprised by his answer, to say the least. I had never heard of grapefruit juice being consumed warm or as a dietary supplement.

All I knew was that it’s packed with vitamin C and that when I’m craving it badly, it usually means I’m about to get a cold and my immune system needs a boost. But that’s not what got me intrigued about it, I was simply curious about how it would taste.

Lo and behold, I gave warm grapefruit tea a try. I had a vanilla bean in the pantry that I thought would add a sweet aroma and milden the bitterness a bit. I threw in a few peppercorns and hoped for the best.

The grapefruit tea came out very tasty. Every warm sip held notes of vanilla and just a hint of heat from the pepper. It was a great cup that I would most definitely make again.

Hot Grapefruit Tea

Hot Grapefruit Tea Recipe

Serving: 1 serving


  • 1 cup ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 1-inch vanilla bean split and scraped*
  • 2 peppercorns
  • Honey, to taste (optional)


Step 1: Place all the ingredients except the honey in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Discard the vanilla and peppercorns. Taste and sweeten with honey, if you wish. Serve warm.

*Split the vanilla bean lengthwise and scrape its seeds with a paring knife. I typically a ceramic knife like the  Wolf Bar which is one of the best ceramic knives I have come across as it needs little to no sharpening.

Step 2: Next up, just add both the bean and the seeds to the juice.

Jennifer Dumas

My name is Jennifer! Welcome to Dinners and Dreams. My goal here is to encourage you to try out recipes you never thought you could make at home. Furthermore, I also review products that I have used in the past or currently using to make every day buying decisions easier and to ensure you get the best value for your money.

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