Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Grapefruit Thyme Cocktail



While surfing on Pinterest for good cocktail recipes - I found some recipes that we loved : grapefruit thyme cocktail. Recipe adapted from shutter bean. I'm not much of a cocktail person and prefer non-alcoholic beverages, but there are always exceptions ...this is a great recipe for summers. Hubs and me, both love grapefruit and always have, yes even as a child... grapefruit with black salt, yum, yum, yum!.  I almost always have a grape fruit for breakfast....to early in the day for a cocktail, lol. You can do a non-alcoholic version without the gin and for kids replace the grapefruit (no gin) with a combination of orange and peach. Grapefruit is not something that is enjoyed by kids...don't look at me, I was a crazy kid who ate everything. The syrup is very versatile and is great in lemonade and 1/2 tsp in your margarita or even on your yogurt.

The thyme from my garden is doing so well and this is from my herb garden.

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 Easy Grapefruit-thyme cocktail 


Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 2 cups water
  • small bunch of thyme
  • 1 inch ginger grated 
  • 1 tbsp zest of grapefruit 
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper powder
  • 5-6 grape fruit juiced 
  • 1 cup or less of gin
  • 3-4 cups sparkling water 
Takes 25 minutes plus time to steep and cool the syrup,
serves 8

Instructions

  1. Add 1 1/2 cup sugar, 2 cups water, grated ginger and thyme and let it boil for about 8-10 minutes. Steep overnight in the refrigerator or at least one hour. Strain and keep syrup aside, let it cool. 
  2. Add the zest of grapefruit with 1/2 cup sugar. Keep this in a shallow plate. 
  3. Keep water in a shallow plate dip the rim of the glass into water . Now dip the wet rim in grapefruit sugar. 
  4. Add 3/4 of the glass with fresh fruit juice followed by 1/8 of syrup and 1/8 gin. Fill the rest with sparkling water. The proportion is your choice, if you like it sweeter, add more syrup and less grape fruit juice. 
  5. Sprinkle with pinch of black pepper and stir. Garnish with thyme leaves. 
  6. Serve chilled.

Store the syrup in an air tight container. It can be re-used, stays good for 2 weeks.

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