I distinctly remember the night in college when I discovered that grapefruit juice covers the taste of alcohol better than any other mixer.
I had only been in London for a few days for study abroad. We decided to drink in our flats that night so we hit the liquor store and all picked up our favorite options, each traveler bringing his or her own tastes to the party. One of my new friends bought vodka, grapefruit juice, and Sprite; as soon as I tasted the combo — and only tasted grapefruit and Sprite — I was sold on grapefruit’s magical properties. (And I probably went on and on about this in a really loud voice to anyone who would listen.)
I’ve always liked grapefruits, but honestly, they are one of those foods that I rarely eat because I just cannot make them like my grandma can. She can peel/segment/juice them so perfectly, leaving the shreds in a cold, pink, juicy pile in a bowl that makes for a perfect breakfast treat. I just make a big sticky mess. So while I love eating them, I avoid buying them. But grapefruit juice? As a mixer? Well, that makes sense to me.
And I’m pumped about a grapefruit cocktail because I love citrusy in holiday recipes. I collect vintage cookbooks and Christmas ones are a special treat. One of my favorite things about the cookbooks from the 1950s and 60s is their use of Christmas pastels (so many pistachio-colored cakes!) and citrus fruits. There’s just something about the whole palm tree/coconut/Santa Clause/oranges/grapefruit motif that I love.
So last week, the people who represent Florida grapefruits contacted me (yes, grapefruit has a PR rep; honestly, it’s nice to see real foods get some PR lovin’ once in a while) about talking about the benefits of grapefruit and doing a giveaway. Turns out, the fruits go well in Christmas recipes because Florida grapefruits are actually in season this time of year.
As I was reading all the health benefits of grapefruit that they shared with me, all I could think was, “So…I’m going to have to negate all the awesome health benefits by mixing it with alcohol.” But then I thought, “…or I’m going to negate the effects of the vodka with all these awesome health benefits!”
I’ll take my margarita with salt and Vitamin C, thank you very much.
(Makes two drinks; serves…one if you’re me)
2 shots triple sec
2-4 shots tequila
12 ounces (ish) of pure grapefruit juice
A few tablespoons of sugar for rimming
Wet the rims of the glasses and dip in sugar. Add a shot of triple sec, 1-2 shots of tequila (oh just make it two; it’s the holidays!), and 6 ounces of grapefruit juice to each glass.
I made this the other night to have with tacos and it was delicious. And strong. Except it didn’t taste strong because grapefruit juice is magical like that! I know tequila makes people think “Spring Break,” but this totally feels like something from a fancy 1950s Christmas cocktail party.
And now that I’ve had some tequila, it’s fitting that I’d start giving it up!
I have ten prize packs to give away; each includes a Florida grapefruit reusable tote bag and a Florida grapefruit water bottle. To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post telling me your thoughts on grapefruit. Like it? Hate it? Have a good story on mixing it with alc to share? Just leave it in the comments to enter! You have until 11:59 PM PST on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011 to enter.