I’ve heard through the grapevine (citrus tree?) that February is National Grapefruit Month! Makes sense since the grapefruits we bought recently are so juicy and flavorful.
Grapefruit-ginger: There’s a grapefruit cocktail at a local wine bar that I LOVE – it has fresh grapefruit juice and salt and pepper on top—it’s unexpected and sooo good. I created my own version using similar flavors.
Grapefruit Margarita: A classic—strong, with a spicy kick. (Cocktail master, Geoffrey Zakarian knows what he’s doing!)
These cocktails are best with fresh-squeezed juice but if you’re short on time, the bottled version works great too.
- 2 oz. whiskey, tequila or vodka (1 oz. if using a small martini glass)
- 1 tsp. fresh, grated ginger
- 1⁄3 c. fresh ruby red grapefruit juice (1/4 c. for small martini glass)
- 3⁄4 oz. triple sec or other orange liqueur (1/2 oz. for small martini glass)
- A few dashes orange bitters (optional)
- Honey for glass
- Sea salt and pepper for garnish
- Drizzle a small amount of honey inside of large martini glass and let it run down the inside
- Fill a shaker with ice, add whiskey or tequila, ginger, grapefruit juice, orange liqueur and bitters.
- Shake well, strain into glass
- Top with fresh-ground pepper and a bit of sea salt
- Margarita salt or kosher salt, for rimming glass
- Ground chipotle powder for rimming glass
- 1 small lime wedge
- 2 ounces tequila preferably Añejo
- 1 ounce grapefruit juice
- 3⁄4 ounce orange liqueur such as Cointreau
- Grapefruit twist for garnish
- Lime twist for garnish
- Mix some salt and chipotle powder together on a plate. Cut a slit in the lime wedge and run it around the rim of a rocks glass and dip the rim in the salt mixture. Fill the glass with ice.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add the tequila, grapefruit juice and orange liqueur. Vigorously shake until very cold and strain the drink into the rimmed rocks glass. The margarita can also be served up in a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with grapefruit and lime twists.