Hello Summer! And hello refreshing summer cocktails! Okay, sure you can drink a fruity cocktail in the Fall and Winter, but does it taste as good? This grapefruit cocktail is a fresh take on a Paloma (sans lime juice). Not a fan of tequila? Then vodka is your friend here. Not a fan of vodka? This is also a killer mocktail!
The fresh kick in this cocktail is the thyme simple syrup. For someone who has never made simple syrup before this might sound intimating, but it is as easy as making pasta. If you can boil water, you can make simple syrup.
The Simple Simple Syrup Recipe
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
optional flavoring (think herbs, extracts ect)
Combine water, sugar, and flavoring (in this case its thyme extract) in a saucepan over low heat. Heat until sugar is completely dissolved and take it off the stove to cool. Leave the thyme in until cooled, then strain to out. Wait until it is completely cooled before using in this grapefruit cocktail.
I know what you are thinking that is a lot of simple syrup for 1-2 drinks. Yes, it is for more than 2 drinks. You can cut it down, it is a 1:1 ratio simple syrup. It’s easier to make in larger quantities, but if you wanted to cut it in half and use 1/4 cup of each it will come out the same. Just make sure if you plan on making it in bulk you store it in an air-tight container in the fridge for 2 weeks.
The best part of this cocktail is that it’s super easy to make. Do you need fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice? No, keep it easy store-bought works perfectly fine. Do you need to make your own soda water? No purchase plain seltzer.