Coast of Dufresne on a table in a Studio
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Coast of Dufresne

Inspired by a favorite breakfast treat — a pink grapefruit half sprinkled with raw sugar — this drink takes its name from Andy Dufresne, the hero of Stephen King’s “Shawshank Redemption.” It’s the sort of drink he might have enjoyed while overlooking the surf in his well-earned tropical hideaway.

Sugarcane syrup is available at Batch 13 in the District; you can make your own Demerara syrup.

From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.


measuring cup
Servings: 1
  • Ice
  • 2 ounces ruby red grapefruit juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/2 ounces white rum
  • 1/2 ounce pink grapefruit liqueur, such as Giffard’s crème de pamplemousse rosé
  • 1/4 ounce allspice dram liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce sugarcane or Demerara syrup (see headnote and NOTE)
  • Grapefruit wedge, for garnish (optional)
  • Mint sprig, for garnish (optional)


  1. Step 1

    Fill a Collins glass with ice.

  2. Step 2

    Fill a cocktail shaker two-thirds full with ice, then add the grapefruit juice, lime juice, rum, grapefruit liqueur, allspice dram liqueur and simple syrup. Seal and shake vigorously for 5 to 10 seconds, then strain into the glass.

  3. Step 3

    Garnish with the grapefruit wedge and mint, if using.

  4. Step 4

    NOTE: To make Demerara syrup, combine 1 cup Demerara sugar (a type of coarse raw sugar) and 1 cup water in a saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. Cook for 2 minutes, then remove from the heat and cool completely. Transfer to an airtight container; chill until ready to use (up to 1 week).

Nutritional Facts

Per serving

  • Calories


  • Carbohydrates

    21 g

  • Sodium

    10 mg

  • Sugar

    15 g

This analysis is an estimate based on available ingredients and this preparation. It should not substitute for a dietitian’s or nutritionist’s advice.

From Spirits columnist M. Carrie Allan.

Tested by M. Carrie Allan