Grapefruit, Grenadine, and Gin Cocktail

We keep a well-stocked bar here in Astoria. We love tasting new bourbons, gins, and interesting liqueurs, but we’re not big spirit drinkers, so our bar sits relatively undisturbed. The wine extension to our bar does just fine, but our collection of liquors and mixers just seems to grow and grow. Here’s hoping that my resolution to craft more cocktails in 2015 sticks!

That resolution, coupled with Valentine’s Day, made for the perfect occasion to whip up a fun drink like this one. It’s got the color and a touch of sweetness to make any occasion special…even if it’s a Saturday night in, watching movies.

Growing up, I didn’t get to celebrate Valentine’s Day. The schools I went to were Jewish day schools where hearts weren’t passed around and we didn’t craft sweet messages to our friends in art class. As an adult, it doesn’t hold any interest for me. I don’t think it’s a cynical thing, it just never sparkled for me in that way. However, I do love sharing food and drink with the people I care about, so this could make for a sweet love note.
This drink is also inspired by the crazy amounts of citrus that I’ve been consuming recently. January and February have been so good about providing perfect fruits that I can’t help but turn them into foods and drinks. This cocktail not only uses fresh grapefruit juice, but there’s some candied grapefruit on top for a sweet garnish.
For all the cool stuff on our bar, you’d think we would have cooler glasses to serve our drinks in. I kind of like the “mad scientist, everything in a jar” look but I can see the benefit (especially from a photography point of view) of using gorgeous barware to present beautiful drinks.

So, I’m raising my glass to many things this week, including: writing this blog for 6 consecutive months (woop!), to a recent weekend jaunt in Stockholm where much herring was consumed, to love, and to turning 30. I’m pretty sure I’ve been telling people I’m 30 for a while now, but it still feels nice to actually be here. What are you raising your glass to this week?

Grapefruit, Grenadine, and Gin Cocktail
For each drink use equal parts of the listed ingredients (aside from the garnish)
  • Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
  • Sparkling water
  • Gin
  • Splash of grenadine
  • Grapefruit zest or candied grapefruit for garnish
  1. Shake or stir the first three ingredients with 1-2 ice cubes and pour into a cold glass.
  2. Pour a splash of grenadine over the drink. Taste for sweetness.
  3. Let the grenadine settle to the bottom for the beautiful layering effect, garnish, and serve!
I used an Old Tom style gin by Queens Courage, which if you can get your hands on I highly recommend, but you can substitute your favorite gin instead.

For a single drink measurement: I used the smaller end on a double jigger, which is about 1 ounce.

Grenadine is super easy to make at home and bonus, no crazy chemicals and dyes.