Nothing compares to slowly sipping a tall, icy drink on a blistering summer night. Even though it's far from summer here, the little hint of spring in the air has me craving just that. This drink combines bright grapefruit with spicy ginger and lots of crushed ice to make the perfect warm- weather beverage.
grapefruit ginger sparkle
5-6 drops orange bitters
1 ounce grapefruit ginger simple syrup (recipe follows)
2 ounces ginger vodka
1 ounce Cointreau
4 ounces grapefruit juice
4 ounces club soda
Add bitters, simple syrup, vodka, Cointreau, and grapefruit juice to a cocktail shaker and shake for several seconds. Fill a 16 ounce glass almost to the top with crushed ice. Pour shaken mixture over ice and top with club soda. Add a straw and enjoy!
grapefruit ginger simple syrup
1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
zest of one grapefruit
In a small saucepan, stir together water and sugar over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Stir in the ginger and grapefruit zest. Once the mixture boils, remove from heat and allow to steep for 10 minutes. Strain out the solids and store in an airtight container in the fridge.