If you follow me on Instagram, you are not a stranger to one of my favorite drinks of late (cheers to you, Lizzy and Hannah!). I love citrus because it makes me happy and relaxed. It doesn’t hurt that the colors are just lovely. I started making this drink because I saw my friend post a picture of one whilst at Craft & Commerce, one of my favorite restaurants here in San Diego. At the time, I was alone at home while my husband was traveling for his business.
I saw it.
I wanted it.
I made it.
In California, citrus grows year-round, but winter is when the stores are overflowing with it. I’ve still been seeing tons of grapefruits around so I’ve been buying about 2 large bags a week. That’s a crazy amount of these guys, but I’ve been searching for the super red centered ones, with no success. I’ve tried 6 different varieties from a few different places. Although, I’ve only been trying the organics…maybe the red ones are floating around in the non-organic produce section. Either way, these pink ones I found at our local farmer’s market are begging for a Spring afternoon drink!
Gin is one of my favorite drink additions because it has such a great herb-y characteristic that suits so many juices and syrups.
This vintage shaker is one of my favorite estate sale finds of all time!
2 oz grapefruit juice, strained
1/2 oz lemon juice, strained
1 oz simple syrup
2 oz Gin
Mix all but the club soda in a shaker with ice. Pour over ice into a highball (or a glass of your choice) and top with the club soda.
Straws can be found here at this lovely shop.
Kid or alcohol-free version:
double everything and remove the gin :)
My kids get a thrill out of these special drinks and the bonus for their little bodies is the fresh-squeezed fruit-juice.
This is my favorite place to enjoy this kind of drink with friends or even just with my favorite person in the world that I happen to share a room and blessed life with :)