Smokey Grilled Grapefruit Margaritas
(for the infused simple syrup)
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 cinnamon stick, broken
6 whole cloves
Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
(for the grilled grapefruit juice)
at least 2 grapefruits, sliced in half (the amount depends on how many drinks you'll be making. I grilled 5 grapefruits and wound up with about 3 cups of juice)
(for the cocktail)
6 tablespoons of the infused simple syrup
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed grilled grapefruit juice
3/4 cup silver tequila
thin slice of grapefruit, for garnish (optional)
Kosher or sea salt to rim glasses
Or think of it this way:
1 part simple syrup
1 part lime juice
1 part grapefruit juice
2 parts tequila
First make the infused simple syrup. Combine the sugar, water, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg in a small pot. Heat over medium high heat and bring to a simmer, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Turn heat off and let the spices infuse the syrup for about 30 minutes. Strain and then chill.
Next grill the grapefruits. Heat a cast iron grill pan over high heat for 10 minutes. Place the grapefruit halves in the pan cut side down and grill for 3 to 5 minutes. Using a spatula or a pair of tongs remove the grapefruit halves from the pan and set aside while you grill the next batch. Note that some of the citrus will stick to the pan.
Using a citrus reamer juice the grilled grapefruits into a large measuring cup. The juice will be very pulpy so I would suggest straining it.
To make the cocktail, combine simple syrup, lime juice, grapefruit juice, and tequila in a cocktail shaker. Toss in a couple handfuls of ice, put a lid on it and give it a shake until nice and icy cold. Either strain into 2 martini glasses or just divide between 2 old fashioned glasses. Garnish with half a thin slice of grapefruit and a wedge of lime.
Grilling the grapefruits sort of intensifies the bitter/sweet flavor which is rounded out by the tart lime juice. The cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg fuse to create an almost smoky flavor that echoes that of the grilled grapefruit juice. They taste fresh and light, just barely sweet, perfect for warm weather. It's really interesting and so very easy to drink. You might find several going down way more easily than you expect.
You could easily multiply this recipe to make a pitcher which you could then just pour into a cocktail shaker when serving. Lat me assure you, they're great for gatherings.
Makes two drinks.
Pairs Well With
Another unique (but brilliant!) recipe that I discovered on the blog Well Fed.