Grapefruit Martini is a refreshing summer drink. It brings nutrish and delish to Cheers!
Are you a one-cocktail kind of person? No matter where or when you order “the usual.”
Or are you more like me, a seasonal sipper?
But those drinks are so last month.
Summer brings a grapefruit martini. Well, maybe a gin tonic. Especially after a round of golf. Here’s my preferred GT.
Judy’s Gin Tonic
- Beefeater’s Gin
- Lemon slice
This month’s Recipe Redux Challenge is on target to help us greet summer with Cocktails and Mocktails. I imagine we’ll see lots of ingredients that contribute to ‘healthy’ because those of us who blog with them agree every healthy recipe deserves to be delicious.
Happy Hour Benefits
A Grapefruit Martini is soul food. The sweet-tart citrus zing of freshly squeezed juices makes my tastebuds sing. That alone satisfies my happy gene. Even more, the vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and beta-carotene make the benefits of this cocktail last beyond happy hour.
Best way to squeeze fruit
So grab your fruit and get to squeezing. Currently, for limes and lemons, I’m using this hand-held juicer is by OXO but I think the bowl is a little small, so I want to try this Bellemain. I can make it work for grapefruit if I quarter them, but if I’m squeezing several, I use the juicer attachment on my Kitchen Aid mixer. Then I freeze the juice for later. That makes easy cocktail sippin’!
Cook’s tip: When buying fruit, choose those that feel heavier than the others. That means more juice for your drinks.
The art of the shake
The cocktail shaker is an important component of a martini. Ice, and the melt of it, contribute to the drink. The purpose of ice is more than to chill, it’s dilution smooths the flavor. I’ve tried several cocktail shakers and I keep reaching for the stainless steel with a cap. It is less likely to leak and drip than some and it’s dishwasher safe.
Time to relax. Grab your friend, watch the summer sunset and chill.
Or chill with sangria.
And here’s a quick appetizer recipe: Ricotta Pea Crostini.
I like my drinks cold. They should have ice chards when poured. So, when you think you’ve shaken enough, shake a little longer – about 30 seconds. Oh, a frosty martini glass is my favorite way to sip. Store it in the freezer or fridge for 30 minutes or so.
This recipe makes 2 drinks because they are best shared with your BFF!
- Yield: 2
- 2 ounces Absolute Mandarin Vodka (you can use plain vodka)
- 4 ounce freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 1 ounce Cointreau
- 1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker. Fill with ice. Wrap martini shaker in a towel and shake for a full 30 seconds.
Martinis not your thing, try something else.