Grapefruits are in season and we are excited! Pucker up and get ready to enjoy this popular fruit’s sweet, tangy, and acidic flavors all at the same time. Due to their high nutrient content and ability to suppress hunger, they make a great diet snack, as well as an ideal ingredient in “gourmet” and “totally easy” recipes alike.
Some grapefruit lovers like to eat them right off of the tree, while others prefer them chilled, sprinkled with sugar, or even baked into dessert. There are so many ways to enjoy this versatile fruit that we don’t have time to list them all here. However, let’s take a look at some popular grapefruit cocktail recipes that seem to always stand out amongst the crowd. Serve these at brunch or your next dinner party and let us know what you think.
1. Grapefruit-Sage Margaritas
4 tablespoons mild honey
10-15 large sage leaves, sliced, plus extra for garnish
1 1/2 cups fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
1/4 cup tequila (preferably reposado or añejo)
2 tablespoons medium-coarse sea salt, for the rim
First, make the honey-sage simple syrup: Place the honey, sage and two tablespoons of water in a small saucepan and bring to the boil over medium-high heat. (Alternately, you can heat the honey, sage and water in the microwave for about 30 seconds or until it bubbles.) Set aside to steep for 5 minutes then strain to remove the sage. Set aside to cool.
When you are ready to assemble the margaritas, dip a q-tip in the honey-sage simple syrup and run it around the rim of your glasses (or use your finger). Place the salt on a small plate then roll the honeyed rim of your glasses in the salt. Fill the glasses with ice.
In a large shaker, combine 1/4 cup of the simple syrup, the grapefruit juice and the tequila. Fill about halfway with ice. Shake for 30 seconds then strain the margaritas into glasses. Garnish each with a sage leaf and serve immediately.
2 oz. tequila blanco (silver)
Juice of half a lime
3 oz. grapefruit juice
3 oz. seltzer
1 pinch salt
Lime wedge, for garnish
Combine tequila, lime juice and a pinch of salt in a highball or Collins glass. Add ice and top with grapefruit and soda. Stir gently, then serve with a lime wedge garnish.
3. The Moonwalk
1 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
1 oz. orange liqueur, preferably Grand Marnier
3 drops rose water
Champagne or sparkling wine, for topping
Combine grapefruit juice, orange liqueur, and rose water in an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorously and strain into a champagne flute; top with champagne.