I don’t know about you, but these hot summer days definitely have me thinking about ways to keep cool and refreshed! I can go for ice cream, tons of ice water, the occasional soda…but I also like to enjoy a yummy cocktail every now and then as well! And wouldn’t you know it – a grapefruit cosmo definitely seems perfect in my book!
Ordinarily, I tend to be a “plain” vodka buyer; I add flavor to my cocktails with other ingredients. But I have managed to fall in love with a few flavored vodkas over the course of time. I discovered my penchant for this pink grapefruit vodka when a local grocery store went out of business a while ago. As luck would have it, not only was the entire store filled with food on sale, so was the wine, beer, and liquor. Whoa! All of the “plain” bottles were snatched off of the shelves without haste, but there were flavored versions left when I went by. It was then that I picked up my very first bottle of pink grapefruit vodka. I figured: hey – it’s 50% off – why not give it a try?
I’m so glad I did. I love the tart flavor of the grapefruit vodka – there are also hints of ginger and other citrus alongside it. For me, it’s the perfect summertime cocktail ingredient. And when you use it for a grapefruit cosmo, you can’t go wrong. I love the simplicity of the cosmopolitan; I almost always have all of the ingredients necessary to create one in my home at any given time. Other than a simple mixed drink or pouring a glass of wine, it doesn’t get much easier. Now, if only I could get my butt in gear to buy myself a new cocktail shaker. I’ve been meaning to replace my current one for a while now, but for some reason it always gets away from me…
Do you have a favorite cocktail to concoct during the summer season? What is it?
I found one in last month’s Better Homes and Gardens magazine that has become a favorite. You make them by the pitcher so there’s plenty to share!
Basil Lemon Drops
1 handful of fresh basil, muddled in a pitcher
3 cups of vodka
1 1/2 cups lemon juice
1 1/2 cups simple syrup
mix well, add lots of ice to the pitcher and to the glasses. It’s wonderful. These were the hit of two Fourth of July Parties we went to. I thought about adding a splash of club soda to make it a spritzer. haven’t tried that yet 🙂