Grapefruit Gin and Tonic

Grapefruit Gin and Tonic

This Grapefruit Gin and Tonic is less of a recipe and more of a public service announcement an unpaid product push. First of all, Happy Friday! As someone who loves Gin and Tonics and LOVES elderflower, I’m a little surprised it took me as long to discover the Fevertree Elderflower Tonic water as it did. But, find it I did, and now my mission is to share it with you. Gin is definitely the liquor that I tend to stock the most different brands because they’re all so different. Some are spicy. Some are floral. Probably only because it was the first G&T I ever had, I think of Tanqueray as the ultimate Gin and Tonic Gin. And apparently Gin and Tonics are so perfect just the way they are to me, it hasn’t really occurred to me to improvise. Until a couple of weeks ago. I was at Whole Foods shopping for my Juniper Brined Turkey Roast and Gravy, so juniper and elderflower were already on my brain and what did I happen upon, but elderflower tonic water. Obviously it went straight into the grocery cart. I couldn’t wait to get it home and test it out. Even while … Continue reading

Pamplemosa

pamplemosas for brunch

What’s in a name? Well, when you’re asking about the breakfast cocktail Pamplemosa, grapefruit juice and champagne. Flashback to 2006. My sister and I, (and later Sam!), enjoyed a “Thursday is our day off” adventure club. We’d beach and brunch or hike and lunch or late afternoon swim and gin cocktails drink followed by fancy dinner in our new sunburns- I swear the Earth knew not to rain on Thursdays that Summer. One particular week at brunch, when given the choice of Mimosas or Bellini’s I asked for a Mimosa with grapefruit juice. It turned out that Heidi and Sam preferred grapefruit too. “What do you suppose they’re called” someone asked? Being 2006, we couldn’t just pull out our iphones and discover the answer. And even if we’d been able, it turns out there wasn’t a concise answer. But we agreed that we loved the name “Mimosa” and set out to name our preferred concoction. I don’t remember the other names we considered, because as soon as we got to the French word for grapefruit (pamplemousse) it was easy to settle upon the Pamplemosa. Funny enough, it turned out that French was the correct language for our brainstorming as the … Continue reading