Grapefruit Mint Spritzer

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!

 

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Grapefruit Mint Spritzer

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces grapefruit vodka
  • 1 cup grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon simple syrup **
  • 1 teaspoon fresh mint (diced)
  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • 1 liter seltzer water
  • 3 grapefruit slices for garnish

Instructions

  1. To make simple syrup, combine 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 water on stove at medium-high heat. After five minutes, the sugar should be dissolved in water. Remove from stove and let cool before making cocktails.
  2. In a cocktail shaker, pour vodka, grapefruit juice, and simple syrup. Add crushed ice and mint on top of liquids and then close top and shake vigorously for several seconds. After mixture is well-shaken, set aside.
  3. Fill three old fashioned or rocks glasses half-way up with seltzer. Pour vodka mixture on top of seltzer water and stir. Enjoy with sprig of mint and grapefruit slice.

Notes

You will need 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 water to make simple syrup from scratch.

This recipe makes 3 - 8 ounce beverages.

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Written by Miss Scrambled Egg

Erin is the author of Miss Scrambled Egg. She is a barista, teacher, and blogger. She is slightly overwhelmed by the sight of carrot cake and Bernese Mountain Dogs.
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