A beautiful and light winter cocktail made with fresh grapefruit juice, vodka, lemon, rosemary and honey.
Honey simple syrup
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup water
Ingredients per drink
2 ounces fresh ruby red grapefruit juice (1 grapefruit yields 6 to 8 ounces of juice)
1 1/2 ounces Stoli vodka (or gin)
1/2 small lemon, juiced
1/4 to 1/2 ounce honey simple syrup
2-inch sprig of rosemary
tiny dash of sea salt (trust me)
Garnish, per drink
2 to 3-inch sprig of rosemary
First, juice the grapefruits and make the honey simple syrup. Pour the honey and water into a small saucepan and warm over medium heat. Use a whisk to blend the honey into the water and remove from heat (there is no need to bring the mixture to a simmer, this process should only take a couple of minutes).
Fill a small cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in the grapefruit juice, vodka, lemon juice and honey simple syrup. Top with a sprig of rosemary and a dash of salt. Put on the lid and shake until the mixture is thoroughly chilled, about 20 seconds. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a small sprig of rosemary. Serve immediately.
Gin would also be lovely in this cocktail.
Leftover honey simple syrup should keep well, refrigerated and covered, for several weeks.
You can use store-bought grapefruit juice if you’d like, but freshly squeezed juice tastes better.
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