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Using up Grapefruits in a cocktail?

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aletnes Nov 21, 2011 12:12 PM

I am hosting Thanksgiving and just found out that my CSA is sending me 3-4 grapefruits today! I need to get them used (they always just sit), and was thinking a cocktail would be a great way to go. I would love to use something that uses both the juice and the zest (even if just as a garnish).

Any Ideas? Would be great if it wasn't too summery (I know thats hard with grapefruit)

  1. EvergreenDan Nov 21, 2011 02:36 PM

    Kind of a hard task without knowing what you like. A Hemingway Daiquiri would be an obvious choice. If you like bitter things, I made a Grumpy Brit #2, with Campari, Pimm's, and Grapefruit juice, which I love. There are Tiki drinks that use grapefruit juice, although perhaps not in large enough quantities to use up your fruit.

    I love grapefruit. My CSA keeps sending winter squash, sweet potatoes, carrots and such. It isn't even Thanksgiving and I'm done with orange food.

    www.kindredcocktails.com | Craft Cocktail Recipe Database for Enthusiasts & Professionals

    1. yarm Nov 21, 2011 04:28 PM

      Some favorites of mine that don't require too many esoteric ingredients (some simpler than others though). Most of these will work any season too.

      Bohemian
      1 oz Gin
      1 oz St. Germain
      1 oz Grapefruit Juice
      1 dash Peychaud's Bitters
      Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.

      Up in Mabel's Room
      1 1/2 oz Rye Whiskey
      3/4 oz Grapefruit Juice
      3/4 oz Honey Syrup (2:1)
      Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.

      D.J.
      1/4 Grapefruit Juice (3/4 oz)
      1/4 Maraschino Liqueur (3/4 oz)
      1/4 Sweet Vermouth (3/4 oz)
      1/4 Dry Gin (3/4 oz)
      Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a hazelnut.

      The One-armed French Hooker
      1 1/2 oz Bols Genever
      1 oz St. Germain
      1 oz Grapefruit Juice
      2 dash Peychaud's Bitters
      Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Float prosecco (~1 oz) on top.

      Cravan Cocktail
      1 1/2 oz Bourbon
      3/4 oz Grapefruit Juice
      1/2 oz Maraschino Liqueur
      1/4 oz Campari
      1 dash Angostura Bitters
      Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange twist or a sprig of mint.

      Polly's Special
      2 oz Blended Scotch
      1/2 oz Orange Curacao
      1/2 oz Grapefruit Juice
      Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange wedge.

      http://cocktailvirgin.blogspot.com/

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