With this recipe for the greyhound meets elderflower cocktail I obviously missed the peak of grapefruit season by a couple of weeks. Yet it’s never too late for a good recipe and too early for a bracing cocktail. Thus I am right on time somehow…
For the most part of my life, I haven’t been very fond of grapefruit. If I would have eaten one, I would have topped it with sugar to balance the acid. However there had been always better options out there, like the sweeter orange, so why bother? This changed last winter season, somehow grapefruit grew on me. Since then I bought grapefruits by the bag and ate them preferable standing over the sink, slurping the juice and even enjoying the zingy fruit. Somewhere between my kitchen sink, the cocktail shaker and the still untouched bottle of elderflower syrup, which I brought home from a visit to the giant Swedish furniture store, came the idea for a grapefruit cocktail with elderflower syrup: the greyhound meets elderflower cocktail! It’s just three ingredients and ice cubes, it can’t be simpler than that.
greyhound meets elderflower cocktail
A Greyhound is a cocktail with grapefruit juice and vodka or gin if you salt the rim of the glass you got a Salty Dog but that’s a different story. The elderflower syrup adds a sweet and floral taste and makes this refreshing cocktail even more suitable for a brunch, hint maybe your next Easter brunch? Cheers!
- 60 ml / 2 oz. fresh grapefruit juice
- 30 ml / 1 oz. elderflower syrup
- 30 ml / 1 oz. vodka
- ice cubes, about one handful for the shaker
- for garnish: quartered grapefruit slices (1/8 to ¼ inch thick) or see below for bruléed grapefruit quarter
- Fill your shaker with a small handful ice cubes and add grapefruit juice, elderflower syrup, and vodka. Shake vigorously and pour into a glass filled with ice.
- Garnish with grapefruit slices.
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