Thirsty Thursday: Honey Grapefruit Martini

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I’m trying something new.  I usually stick to whiskey when making mixed drinks- but I today I’m experimenting with vodka.

‘Tis the season for citrus fruits, so I’m using fresh grapefruit and tangerine juice.  This is a refreshing and lively cocktail that can take you from winter to spring.  Since grapefruit is often tart- I’ve balanced it with the sweetness of the honey simple syrup and a kick of vibrance from the tangerine juice.

I love the peachy-orange-sunset color of this drink.  I totally image sipping on this while lounging on a beach chair watching the sun set into the ocean.

TheLittleEpicurean-grapefruit-martini-ingredients Honey Grapefruit Martini, serves 1

Ingredients

2 oz vodka

1/2 oz Grand Mariner liqueur

1 1/2 Tbsp honey simple syrup (recipe follows)

3 oz fresh grapefruit juice

1 oz fresh tangerine juice

ice, as needed

grapefruit peel, for garnish

honey simple syrup:

1/4 cup water

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup honey

Instructions

TheLittleEpicurean-grapefruit-martini-1 1. Pour 2 oz vodka and 1/2 oz Grand Marnier into shaker cup.

To make honey simple syrup: In a small sauce pot, add water and sugar.  Cook over medium heat until sugar has dissolved.  Stir in honey.  Remove from heat.  Allow to cool to room temperature before using.

TheLittleEpicurean-grapefruit-martini-2 2. Add 1 1/2 Tbsp of honey sugar syrup. Follow with 3 oz of fresh grapefruit juice and 1 oz fresh tangerine juice.

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3.  Add ice cubes to shaker cup.  Cover shaker and shake to chill drink.  Use cocktail strainer to pour ice-cold cocktail into martini glass.  Garnish with grapefruit peel and basil leaf, if desired.

CHEERS!

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