I’ve been experimenting with gin. I’ll be honest, it was never my favorite.
But I bought a bottle of a local craft gin, made in Madison, Wisconsin. It was good, subtle and not as pungently floral as some brands so it was a good place to start. I came up with the Grapefruit Gin Fizz after a little experimentation with it, and it’s a really refreshing mix; not to mention pretty.
I garnished these with rosemary, but it’s not necessary. The slice of grapefruit as a garnish I recommend not skipping, it makes a really nice presentation. This drink is just a few ingredients and comes together quick.
Grapefruit Gin Fizz
makes 2 drinks
1 pink grapefruit
lemon or lime flavored soda water
3 oz gin
dash of sugar (optional)
For the grapefruit garnish, slice thinly down the length of the grapefruit, getting a window of the inner flesh. Set aside.
Cut grapefruit in half and juice into a cup, and sprinkle with a tiny touch of sugar (if desired, for sweetness). You should have about a cup of juice.
Between two small glasses divide grapefruit juice and 1.5 ounces gin (slightly less than a shot), each. Add ice, top with a splash of soda and garnish. Serve immediately.
For a group, the Grapefruit Gin Fizz cocktail could be made in advance in a pitcher. Measurements would be 3 oz gin per grapefruit, each grapefruit yielding drinks for about 2 people each. Mix gin and juice and chill, assembling and topping with soda for each guest on demand.