Friday Cocktail: Grapefruit Martini

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.

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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.

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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!

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Ingredients:

• 2.5 oz Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice

• 1.5 oz vodka (I used Absolut)

• Splash of lemon juice

• Splash of Cointreau (optional)

Directions:

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.

Cheers!

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