As reported in my last post, I was recently in Florida. And what do I do when I come home from Florida? I bring home a case of Indian River grapefruit, of course – doesn’t everyone? And just what the heck do I do with a case of grapefruit? Make cocktails, of course!
So on the first day of spring training workouts for my beloved Cleveland Indians I thought it would be appropriate to come up with something new using all that grapefruit I have (yeah, I know, the Tribe is in Arizona, but I didn’t have any cactus laying around the Lounge). As I thought about how to use the white grapefruit I pulled out the gin and St. Germain. A bit of orgeat seemed in order as well as the Agnostura bitters. Wow! It’s not often that I hit one out of the park on the first try, but today I did.
- 1-1/2 oz London Dry gin
- 3/4 oz St. Germain
- 1 bar spoon orgeat
- 1 dash bitters
- grapefruit juice
Combine all the ingredients but the grapefruit juice in a collins glass with a couple of ice cubes and stir. Fill the glass the rest of the way with ice and then top with grapefruit juice, stirring again.
Very well balanced with the orgeat and St. Germain sweetening the tart grapefruit juice just enough so that the grapefruit still shines through. The gin provides a nice base with a bit more punch than vodka would and the bitters help tie it all together into a nice, refreshing package. The perfect sipper while contemplating dreams of World Series titles for my Indians – shhh, don’t spoil the moment for me!