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Grapefruits are actually a citrus hybrid between the sweet orange and pomelo, which both were introduced from Asia and accidentally crossed in Barbados. It has a sweet, but somewhat bitter taste, which makes it perfect for this refreshing drink.
Grapefruit Rosemary Spritzer
▸ ▹ Vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, soy-free
Yield: 6 servings (approx. 1½ cups per serving including ice)
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 20 min
Total Time: 30 min (excluding cooling time)
INGREDIENTS: Flavoured Syrup
2 large grapefruits
2 cups (400 g) fresh pineapple chunks
6 large sprigs fresh rosemary
½ cup (120 mL) cup water
⅓ cup (50 g) cane sugar
1½ cups (360 mL) fresh grapefruit juice
3 cups (720 mL) carbonated water
3 cups (660 g) ice cubes
4 grapefruit wedges
4 rosemary sprigs
Start with zesting the grapefruit. Reserve the zest for later.
To a medium sauce pan, add the juice from the same grapefruit, along with the pineapple, rosemary, water, and sugar. Place the sauce pan over medium-high heat, and cook uncovered at a gentle simmer for 10 - 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Next, we can add the grapefruit zest to the saucepan. By now the pineapples should have softened as well, so using a wooden spoon or wooden masher, mash the the pieces of pineapple to release its juices and flavour.
Place a sieve over a bowl and strain the mixture, using the back of a spoon to press out as much liquid from the mixture into the bowl as possible. Let this cool off completely, first on the counter, then in the fridge.
To make the drinks: divide the ice between two glasses and for each cup add 1 part of the flavoured syrup, to 1 part grapefruit juice, to 2 parts carbonated water. Garnish with grapefruit wedges, and rosemary sprigs, and enjoy!
Make ahead: the simple syrup can be made ahead and stored in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Storage: the drink can be stored in a glass jar in the fridge for up to 3 days.
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