Tuesday, April 1, 2014

grapefruit ginger sparkle

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.

For this drink, I tried infusing vodka with ginger. To make your own ginger-infused vodka, peel and grate a piece of ginger that is about 4-6 inches long and add it to a 750 ml bottle of vodka. Let it sit for 3-4 days minimum. You can strain out the ginger or leave it in when it's done infusing.

grapefruit ginger sparkle
makes 1

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
crushed ice

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.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds super tasty! I'm a big fan of gin-spiked, iced rooibos tea with lots of lemon juice.


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