“Sipping on gin and juice. Laid back...”
This time of year is always a little sad for me. My favorite season is coming to a close. Beach days are numbered and the fall air is nipping at our noses. Time to shuffle out the lemonade and usher in the cider. Time to retire my bikini and bring out my turtlenecks. Say goodbye to long summer nights and hello to a 5pm nightfall. I’m getting teary-eyed just thinking about it. Both because it’s time to say goodbye to this sweet season and also because I hate turtlenecks. I think I need a drink. This recipe for gin and juice is the perfect concoction to help ween me off the heat and place me gently into the arms of autumn. To keep the summer alive, we use fresh squeezed pink or red grapefruit juice, and to build the bridge towards the fall, we use a rosemary simple syrup. As for the gin, your favorite brand will do! (I’m a sucker for Berkshire Mountain Distillers Ethereal Gin. If you aren’t a gin person…vodka will do just fine!)
Grapefruits are a magical fruit. They are low in calories and high in nutrients. Eating half a grapefruit a day will meet 64% of your vitamin C needs, 28% of your vitamin A needs, and 2% of your calcium and magnesium needs. They also contain small amounts of vitamin E, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, and copper. Pink or red grapefruits, in particular, have an even higher antioxidant potential than a white or yellow grapefruit.
Rosemary is no slacker either. It’s known to stimulate the immune system, increase circulation, and improve digestion.
Gin has a history of being used for medicinal purposes from juniper-based tonics used for an ailing belly to The Royal Navy using gin with a lime cordial to stop scurvy.
This cocktail will chase away those autumn blues and it’s good for you (wink wink)! Drink up and drink responsibly! The summer is never far behind!
Makes 2 Drinks (or 1 really big drink)
Ingredients: 3 ounces gin 1.5 ounces rosemary simple syrup (recipe below)- 1 c water, 1 c sugar, 10-15 fresh rosemary sprigs 6 ounces fresh squeezed grapefruit juice fresh rosemary sprig for garnish
Directions: (For rosemary simple) Place 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir until sugar has completely dissolved. Pour sugar water into a mason jar with fresh sprigs of rosemary in it. Screw on your lid and allow it to cool to room temp. Remove rosemary sprigs. Voila!
(For cocktail) In the glass of your preference (just make sure it fits all the liquid!), pour gin, grapefruit juice, and rosemary simple syrup over 2-3 ice cubes. Stir and garnish with a fresh rosemary sprig. Enjoy!