After years of wine drinking (and the occasional Guinness or craft beer), I’ve discovered the world of cocktails.
In part, I blame my sister, who began ordering them on the regular after moving to Brooklyn a few years ago. We have fun ordering cool sounding concoctions when we’re out up in the city, or when she visits Frederick (some yummier than others, I’ll admit, but being daring is part of the fun). We also pick a special holiday cocktail for family gatherings—something fun, festive, and a little different than the normal day-to-day fare.
I still love a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc, or a Bloodline Blood Orange IPA. Don’t get me wrong. With lots of great vineyards and breweries in our backyard here in Maryland, you can’t not appreciate good wine and beer.
These days I also enjoy throwing together an evening cocktail for myself. Using Mason jars makes it easy with their lids, which allow for vigorous shaking. As does the fact that I am now in possession of a SodaStream sparkling water maker, which means I can have a bubbly drink in hand WHENEVER I want.
Grapefruits have been ridiculously cheap lately at the grocery store, especially at our local ALDI. (Read this if you’ve never shopped at ALDI before.)
And since I love a tart, citrus-y, sparkly cocktail, it makes perfect sense to use them in a fresh tasting grapefruit cocktail!
Just like lemons and limes, the zest from a grapefruit works really well for both flavor and garnish. And, grapefruit peel keeps well in the freezer, which is important since grapefruits are so large—way too much zest for one cocktail, even if you love the flavor as much as I do. So when I make one for myself, I simply pull a few pieces from the freezer and add it to the ice, juice, and gin before giving everything a good shake and then adding sparkling water.
Mmm… I can taste one now…
- 2 ounces gin
- 3 ounces fresh grapefruit juice (the deeper the color, the pinker your drink)
- 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
- 5 ounces sparking water
- 1 tablespoon grapefruit zest, finely chopped
- Grapefruit or lemon peel for garnish
Save extra grapefruit peel in a zip top bag in your freezer so you have more to use next time!