I have asked Amanda from GlitterItGold to share a post this week with you all. Amanda is sharing a summer cocktail using my favorite, grapefruit! Take it away, Amanda!
Hey there! I’m Amanda from over at GlitterItGold. Today I am sharing with you one of my favorite summery cocktails. I’m calling it the Summer Fling because Grapefruit, St. Germaine and Gin Cocktail is a mouthful. I never used to be a gin lover until recently. No two gins are the same, so if you don’t think you like gin, just keep sampling new brands because you never know if you’ll find one you will like. The gin that changed my mind was Martin Millers, but I also love Hendricks. If any of you are gin lovers and have a brand you love please tag me in the comments so I can try it!
This particular cocktail uses Hendricks because it is made using rose petals, cucumber, and elderflower for an extra floral taste. This cocktail is floral and herby, yet spirit forward and still light. It gets its sweetness from St. Germaine elderflower liqueur, one of my absolute favorites. If you haven’t tried it, please buy a bottle, I promise you will want to put it in everything. I had three different cocktails I was debating sharing with you and two of the three have St. Germaine. I settled on this one because it is easy to make and the ingredients are not hard to find. If you like your cocktails a little sweeter you could easily add some simple syrup, or increase the St. Germaine. If you like your drinks not so strong just top with a little extra soda water.
Let’s talk about bitters. If you haven’t used them before I urge you to invest in a bottle of it. It helps to balance and round out the flavors in a cocktail, it’s like the umami quotient but for cocktails. Start with Angostura bitters, the most common, and branch out from there. I used Cardamom bitters in this cocktail to add to the herbal quality, but aromatic bitters would also be great.
This cocktail is perfect for summer, and has a fancy, refined flavor that will impress your guests but lacks the sugar and artificial flavors of many other summertime beverage options so it won’t mess up the healthy diet and workout program Anna has you on. You could even make a large pitcher of it and just add the soda water after pouring for summer brunch or barbeques, or Father’s Day Weekend!
2 oz Hendricks gin
1 ½ oz St. Germaine
3 dashes Cardamom bitters
2 oz Grapefruit juice
Splash of Soda Water (about 1-2 ounces depending on your preference)
2-3” Grapefruit peel for garnish
In a shaker or mixing cup place add all ingredients except the soda water and garnish. Stir or shake and pour into serving glass and garnish with grapefruit peel, twisting it over the top of the cup to release oil and aroma of the peel.
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Until next time!