Gin grapefruit cocktail
The Gin Grapefruit Cocktail is a refreshing and invigorating concoction that seamlessly blends the botanical richness of gin with the citrusy zing of fresh grapefruit. This cocktail is a delightful marriage of flavors, where the herbal notes of the gin perfectly complement the tart and slightly bitter profile of grapefruit. The result is a drink that is both complex and harmonious, offering a tantalizing experience for the palate. The cocktail is often further enhanced with a touch of simple syrup to balance the tartness and a sprig of rosemary or thyme for an herbal twist. Served over ice in a chilled glass, the Gin Grapefruit Cocktail is not only visually appealing with its vibrant hues but also a superb choice for those seeking a crisp and revitalizing libation that is both sophisticated and easy to savor on any occasion.
For the simple syrup
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- juice of one grapefruit
- peel of one grapefruit
- 2 teaspoon sage leaves
For the cocktail
- ½ cup grapefruit simple syrup
- 1 cup gin
- Soda water or even better grapefruit Italian soda or grapefruit flavored soda water
For the bruleed grapefruit garnish
- 1 grapefruit sliced into circles about ¼ inch or so thick
- 1 tablespoon sugar
In a saucepan, combine the sugar, water, sage leaves, and grapefruit peel to produce the simple syrup. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the mixture thickens and syrupy and all the sugar has disintegrated. Pass this through a strainer and let it to cool fully. This will keep for weeks in a jar in your refrigerator.
To mix the drink, put the gin and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Give it a good shake. Pour into two glasses with ice on top, then slowly stir in soda water.
To assemble the garnish, place the grapefruit rounds on a heat-resistant surface and dust them with sugar. It will turn out to be more sugar than you anticipate, so the entire object should be blanketed in sugar.