If you know me, then you know summer means gin time in my book! Okay, any time can be gin time if I’m being honest, but there’s something about combining it with fizzy and fruit that makes the 90+ degree days more tolerable. One of my favorite fruits to use is grapefruit. While it’s not new, or remotely inventive, it’s got tried-and-true tastiness.
I find the other challenge of summer is time. It seems to go so much faster when the weather is nicer, so in order to capitalize on the number of hours you get to spend in the sun, it helps to have an easier go-to drink. That’s the goal of the Pompelmo Gin Cocktail:
- 2 oz gin
- 1 oz lemon juice
- Splash of grapefruit bitters
- Sanpellegrino Pompelmo/Grapefruit
- Tonic or soda (optional)
- Rosemary for garnish
Combine gin, lemon juice and grapefruit bitters in a shaker with ice. Shake well, then pour into a cocktail glass over ice. Top with Sanpellegrino, a little bit of bubbles in the form of tonic or soda, and a sprig of rosemary. Taste it, and you’ll have a brand new deck-drinking favorite. If you don’t have rosemary lying around, I wouldn’t worry about it, but the piney aroma is a really nice compliment to the gin. That, and the bitters, help cut down the sweetness of the Sanpellegrino, giving a nice balance to the drink overall.
So now that you know my new go-to summer drink, what’s yours? Share in the comments below!