I’m home this week visiting my family and getting a new driver’s license (since mine was stolen), which has been really nice as I’ve not seen them for a few months. My mom is a psychologist, but sells antiques and art prints on the side for fun, which means there’s always something new at the house when I visit. This time she’s found these really beautiful flower frogs, one of which I think she’ll keep, that I just had to post a photo of. They do a beautiful job of showing off the flowers they hold, and have a summery feel to them.
Campari and grapefruit juice are both staples at home in the summer, which I posted about here, and so we had both fresh grapefruits and bottled juice in the fridge, as well as a flavored vodka my mom had picked up. Rather than a typical flavored vodka that uses synthetic flavors, or extracts, this is mixed with fruit juice concentrate. We tried it over some ice, which was nice, but definitely a bit too sweet on its own. The bottle recommends mixing with some club soda, or even blending with ice for a frozen drink, but I couldn’t think of anything to add to balance the sweetness. So it served as inspiration for this week, rather than as an actual ingredient.
These grapefruit martinis definitely require freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. One large ruby red grapefruit should be enough for two drinks when juiced, and other than that you need only a splash of lemon, and some vodka (flavored vodka optional). I know juicing grapefruit is not the most fun, but since it’s the star of the drink the results depend on it. It’s a very straightforward drink that’s refreshing, and easy to sip on the porch. Even my grandmother liked it!
• 2.5 oz Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
• 1.5 oz vodka (I used Absolut)
• Splash of lemon juice
• Splash of Cointreau (optional)
1. Combine ingredients into a shaker with ice
2. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled glass.
Garnish with a slice of grapefruit and enjoy!
This drink definitely improved with the quality of the grapefruit juice, and if you find you’d like a bit more sweetness, definitely add the cointreau. The lemon juice is nice as it really brings out the tartness of the grapefruit.