One of the best parts about the cold snowy days of February is the amazing deals you can get on great citrus. We always find ourselves walking out with produce bags stuffed with fresh citrus destined to be used in some fresh cocktails. On our last shopping trip, we found some beautiful Texas Rio grapefruit that we figured would be perfect for making some of our other favorite cocktails like the Rosemary’s Blush or the Red Hound. We have been big on combining sweet and sour grapefruit with a floral gin in the past as we love the way the grapefruit brings out the herbal aspects of gin, but grapefruit can work really well with other spirits like bourbon.
We started this cocktail with a smooth bourbon, the caramel and vanilla flavors providing a warm sweet base. Add in the sweet and sour components of the freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and the bright tartness starts to bring the drink to life. Rosemary infused simple syrup brings a sweet hint of evergreen and herbs, while adding a fresh floral perfume to the fresh grapefruit and bourbon. A dash of aromatic bitters adds a hint of spice that ties the drink all together. Perfect for a fans of bourbon or citrus alike, this cocktail will help chase any winter blues away! Cheers!
- 1 1/2 oz bourbon
- 1/2 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, strained
- 3/4 oz rosemary simple syrup
- 2 dashes Angostura Bitters.
- Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake to combine. Strain into coupe glass. Serve with a grapefruit slice as a garnish.