I have a confession to make… this cocktail recipe was something my mom and I put together last summer. I completely forgot to post it, which is a total shame because it’s one of the best drinks I’ve ever made and tasted! She came to visit over Fourth of July weekend, we saw Huey Lewis & The News, and it was stinkin hot. So we obviously drank tons of beer and made up a few cocktail recipes. We had a ton of fun making it up! So, I suppose in spirit of Mother’s Day, it’s an appropriate time to finally post this. Fortunately, since I live right behind a liquor store, we just ran over there and grabbed a few essentials (more St. Germain…ALWAYS) and came up with this concept of pairing pink grapefruit juice with St. Germain (because it already has those wonderful florally citrus/grapefruit notes) instead of the usual Triple Sec, and limes go with grapefruit and tequila so well, so this was practically a no-brainer. Everything compliments each other perfectly.
Now, I have never been a huge fan of eating straight-up grapefruits, the kind you peel and all. No matter how much I try to let them ripen and sweeten up, they always seem to be too bitter and sour. I can’t stand them juiced. So I just buy the pre-packaged 100% ruby red juice and it is spot on. Every now and then I get a rare hankering for grapefruit juice, which always puts me off guard. Sometimes it’s all you need to quench your thirst though. But after making up this cocktail, I have definitely kept it on hand more often. If you love St. Germain, aren’t afraid of tequila, and want a summery/springtime (heck, even winter) refreshing seasonal cooler, you’ve met your match. Just make sure you squash the rim of your glass in salt and sugar. DONE.
- 2 oz good-quality tequila (I love Espolon 100% agave)
- 1.5 oz St. Germain liquor
- 1 fresh lime, halved and squeezed for juice, plus extra lime wedges for garnish
- 8-12 oz ruby red 100% grapefruit juice
- ice cubes
- equal parts granulated sugar & sea salt
- Slightly dip the rim of your desired drinking glass into a shallow bowl of water, then "smash" into the sugar & sea salt mixture to coat the rim. Set aside.
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full of ice (I like the kind that you cap with a pint glass and shake). Add the tequila, St. Germain and lime juice (a jigger is helpful for measurements), and shake shake shake for at least 20-30 seconds.
- Strain into your rimmed glass, and top with grapefruit juice to fill glass/to taste. Garnish with a lime wedge. So yummy!