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.
ST. GERMAIN GRAPEFRUIT MARGARITA
Makes one 12-16 oz cocktail
- 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!