Last night was cocktail fun at my house with the creation of The Happy Grapefruit. I’d like to thank my guinea pigs for their time and hope they are not nursing hangover’s today. But they we’re good, weren’t they!
I was inspired last week to start playing around with grapefruit since I have a huge bowl of them sitting on my kitchen table. At first I tried macerating the skins with sugar to see if I could create some kind of pulpy liquid. That wasn’t super successful so I moved on to full candying and then simple syrup. My house smelled delicious.
The Happy Grapefruit
- 2 fingers vodka
- 2 tablespoons grapefruit simple syrup
- splash fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
- candied grapefruit peel
- fresh spearmint
|Before you start making your drinks, rim your glasses with white sugar by pouring a bit of white sugar on one plate and a bit of your fresh grapefruit juice on another. Dip the rim of your first glass in the juice and then dip again in the sugar. Let dry.|
|Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 2 fingers worth of vodka to the bottom of the glass (I never use a shot glass), then add the simple syrup and grapefruit juice. Shake vigorously and pour into waiting glasses. Top with a splash of pellegrino. Garnish with a piece of candied grapefruit peel and a sprig of mint. Imbibe.|
And this is how to make grapefruit simple syrup. You can do this with just about anything and it adds great flavor. Ginger is definitely another one to try.
Grapefruit Simple Syrup
- peel from one, large, organic grapefruit (make your best effort to not include any pith - that's the white stuff...)
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup water
|Combine all the ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer. Simmer low and slow until the sugar is dissolved and you can smell the grapefruit. Allow to cool.|
I salvaged the peels from the syrup to garnish the drinks. Just let them dry and dredge them in a little bit of sugar so they’re not so sticky. Good stuff!
So there you have it. A really awesome drink that you can justify since it has a nice shot of vitamin C. Right? Ha! Just enjoy!