Grapefruit Mint Spritzer
I have a confession. I love grapefruit. It all started when I was little. I watched my grandmother, Toppy, cut a grapefruit in half and sprinkle some sweetener on top. She’d eat one every morning for breakfast and still does quite frequently.
In addition to loving the fruit as a whole. Toppy also loves grapefruit juice and grapefruit cocktails; her go-to grapefruit cocktail is a Seabreeze. A Seabreeze is traditionally made with vodka, grapefruit juice, and cranberry juice. I have followed in her footsteps and totally order those when I’m in the mood for something other than beer or wine. Seabreezes are totally a vacation drink for me. I request them on summer days when I’m out to dinner with my grandparents and sister.
Recently I went to Portland, Maine and ate dessert at a little cocktail bar called Bar of Chocolate. Guys, I had the best grapefruit martini, EVER! I dreamt about it for weeks. Then, I happened to be in the package store last week and stumbled across some grapefruit vodka. What? I didn’t know that existed! And I totally didn’t stumble across it in a “I’ve had too much to drink today” kind of way. I was totally sober when I found this vodka. Promise.
I wanted to recreate a grapefruit cocktail, but didn’t want something as heavy as a Seabreeze or as potent as a martini. So, I made a list of things that pair well with grapefruit and came up with several ideas. The winners…seltzer and mint. This cocktail isn’t going to weigh you down and pairs perfectly with crackers and cheese. If you love grapefruit, this is a cocktail for you!