Weekends and cocktails go together like avocado and.. well, anything really. This month I want to share a recipe that my friend Charlotte suggested, and it's really light and refreshing. It only requires two ingredients, which means that it requires very little work: you squeeze the grapefruits, mix it with the vodka and pour the whole thing over some ice and you are done. I like entertaining, especially on the weekends, but I also like it when the things I serve are so easy to make that I don't have to spend a lot of time in the kitchen when my guests arrive. It's of course only a plus that it tastes delicious and looks a bit fancy and everyone thinks that you made big effort, even though you really didn't. For this recipe you can use either gin or vodka, whatever you like best. If you go for gin it's kind of important to get a good brand and not the cheap stuff because you can really taste it if it's not a good gin. If it's a nice gin, it will be a faded note in the background but the cheap stuff will cut right through. If you want to save money on the liquor, cheap vodka will be much better hidden behind the citrus than the gin will. Both are delicious, so experiment to find what you like best!
To make two cocktails you'll need
8cl gin or vodka
4dl fresh grapefruit juice
Depending on the season, the amount of grapefruits you'll need will vary a bit. Right now, we are getting really sweet and juicy grapefruits from Spain that makes a good 1dl of juice each, but other times of the year the grapefruit you can buy are far from this good and you'll need a few more. It also helps to roll the grapefruits before juicing them, it makes it a bit easier to get all the juice out. I don't know why it works, but it does!
Oh! And if you want to make a greyhound puppy (hihih!) just cut the amount of gin in half and add a little extra grapefruit juice. This cocktail is also really nice if you salt the rim of the glass (run a slice of grapefruit around the edge and dip it in sea salt).
If you're too lazy to juice grapefruits, make sure you buy really good juice. I'm all for shortcuts in the kitchen, except for when it comes to citrus because nothing can really come close to the juice that is super fresh. But for a two ingredient drink with no sugar sirup that needs effort and time, juicing a couple of grapefruits shouldn't be too demanding. And it will make you look all pro and dedicated too.
I bet this will taste good with brunch as well
Maybe for a particularly hungover morning..?
This cocktail would be good with a range of different things. Charlotte and I enjoyed it by itself. Because this recipe has absolutely no sugar added, it's a great alternative to all those sweet drinks. Wouldn't go as far as to say they are healthy, but it sure feels like it. I'm going to pretend they are.
Alone by itself
After a nice dinner.
For a weekend brunch
You could also switch the grapefruits with oranges
or make a sneaky little mix of the two. Might be good
to help recover from a hangover as well. Some eggs,
bacon, citrus a bit of vodka never hurt anyone's hangover.
To accompany dessert
To mirror the citrus flavor in the dish. Makes me think
about pavlovas with berries and lemon & lime zest.
Pre dinner drinks
As a nice welcome drink while you are waiting for
the food to be served.
With mexican food
I always go for something with a touch of citrus to
accompany spicy Mexican food.
I'm planning to cure my next hanover with a greyhound. Another
reason why it's a good ide to always keep ice and vodka in your freezer.