Sunday, April 13, 2014

Grapefruit and Mint Spritzer


Spring is here in Providence! I was walking around in a dress the other day without leggings or tights! As the weather starts warming up, everyone wants to ditch the hot drinks for cold ones. Here's a great way to quench your thirst with a refreshing citrus-y spritzer. The recipe is simple and is great for sharing with friends.

Grapefruit and Mint Spritzer (Makes 4 servings/2.5 cups)
1/4 cup Sugar
1/4 cup Water
1 Grapefruit
1 bunch Mint
1 1/2 cup Seltzer Water
Ice

1. In a small pot, bring sugar and water to a boil. As soon as the water boils, turn off the heat.
2. Break 5-6 large mint leaves in half and add to the pot while the sugar solution is hot.
3. Zest the grapefruit and add to the pot. 
4. Pour sugar solution into a pitcher.
5. Cut the grapefruit in half and squeeze out all of the juice into the pitcher.
6. Remove the mint pieces from the juice.
7. Take 2 mint leaves and finely chop. You only need about 1/2 tsp just to have a little green in the drink.
8. Stir everything very well to evenly disperse the ingredients.
9. Add seltzer water and stir gently.
10. Fill glasses with ice and pour the spritzer gently over the ice. The spritzer should be stirred right before pouring and serving so that the zest, pulp, and mint are spread out evenly.
11. Garnish with a small mint sprig and serve.

The subtle pink drink is refreshing, cooling, and delicious! It's not overly sweet, and makes a perfect treat on a hot spring/summer day. Cool down with the yummy spritzer and don't forget to share with your friends and loved ones.

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