I’m a sucker for a stemmed fruit. The first winter stem & leaf grapefruits hit our neighborhood market this week and I couldn’t help myself, despite the cold and drizzle outside… the color and aroma of the red grapefruit is uplifting and refreshing, always. So I thought I’d whip up a little concoction that would lift my mood and offer some beautiful, bright hues for the eyes. I call it a Grapefruit Fizz. Super easy alternative to a soda or fruit juice. About 1/3 - ½ cup citrus juice total, with a dash of sugar. The rest is water! I would love to serve this with a little vodka or gin for a fun party cocktail, served in glass pitchers with lots of ice.
½ red grapefruit, squeezed for juice
½ lime, squeezed for juice
¼ tsp vanilla sugar* (or 1 sugar cube)
*I used a really lovely vanilla sugar for this drink, as the warmth and richness of the vanilla bean tame the sourness of the citrus. It worked perfectly.
Pour grapefruit juice in a large glass, adding lime juice when ready. Scrape in all the pulp too! Drop 1 sugar cube and muddle until dissolved, or use the vanilla sugar and stir until dissolved. Fill glass with ice and add mineral water to the top, and stir together. Garnish with grapefruit wedge.
Makes 1 large glass - refillable with more mineral water as needed!