Spring has finally crossed the Mason-Dixon line. Halleluya! Flowers, allergies, and young love bloom everywhere. We can spend time outside, and more importantly we can drink outside. Of course, with spring comes thoughts of spring cleaning, but if you think this post is going to promote some kind of juice cleanse, or even house cleanse, think again. Although we are major supporters of purging your personal belongings, an annual spring cleaning is not in the cards this year. While I was recovering from the second night of Passover at my parents house, I got some much needed couch time while skimming Houzz’s Deep Spring Cleaning list. I thought to myself, hmmmm, should H&H have a spring cleaning routine? Then I remember that we haven’t finished unpacking and we moved 5 months ago. I’ll just feel proud that we cleaned out the fridge and some cabinets before Passover (the original deep spring cleaning mandate).
We will however, reward ourselves for an industrious winter with refreshing cocktails made with homemade grapefruit liqueur, known to some as Pompelmocello. Its easy and makes everything taste like spring.
I made mine using a recipe from the Cooking Channel. The hardest part was waiting for it to be done.
You will need:
- 750 ml Everclear or vodka
- 4 grapefruit
- 4 cups of sugar
- 5 cups of water
Zest or grate your grapefruit peel. Add grated peel and vodka (or everclear is you are hard core like my mom) to a large jar. Leave for 20 days shaking every other day or so. Strain infusion through a coffee filter (or paper towel if you don’t have any, like me) and place back into cleaned large jar. Make simple syrup by heating water and sugar until sugar dissolves. When cooled, add simple syrup to infusion. Let the mixture meld in a dark corner for 30 days. As it melds, the color deepens. It’s lovely.
This drink is perfect for cleansing our bourbon-lined bellies. Its got the citrus of winter paired with the tequila that comes with warm weather. Inspired by the Santorini Sunrise from SAVEUR (brought to my attention by one of my cocktail matriarchs: Aunt Hallie), this drink has the perfect balance of bitter and sweet.
For one cocktail:
- 1 grapefruit wedge with rind and pith removed
- 1 oz homemade grapefruit liqueur
- 4 fresh mint leaves
- 1.5 oz tequila (use the good stuff)
- soda water
Muddle grapefruit with mint and grapefruit liqueur. Add ice and tequila. Top with soda water to taste. Stir. Enjoy!