Two cocktails in one week- what a treat! Like Wednesday's Columbus Whiskey Flip cocktail, this Grapefruit Sparkler I have to share with you today was inspired by a trip to fine dining destination in Columbus. Two weekends ago Amanda came up to Columbus for a visit and I took her to Salt and Pine, a rather new downtown bar and restaurant that serves up chef-driven food with divine cocktails to match! When we same the Pamplemousse cocktail on their brunch menu- which included gin, grapefruit juice, and prosecco, all of our favorites things!- we knew we had to give it a try. Brought to our table was a truly beautiful rosy colored cocktail in a delicate champagne flute that was playfully topped with grapefruit-flavored gummy bears. The flavors were delicate and light- not too sweet and not too tart- and I knew this was something I was going to have to try and recreate, especially with my Academy Awards party coming up. While there are a decent amount of ingredients that come together to make up this drink, with a little bit of pre-planning you can easily combine all of the ingredients- save the bubbly- ahead of time and keep chilled. When the guests arrive (or when you're ready to have a tasty drink) shake up the ingredients with ice, divvy out into champagne flutes, and top with chilled prosecco. Simple, elegant, and undeniably delicious!
makes 2 delicious cocktails
3 oz. fresh grapefruit juice (about half of a grapefruit)
3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
3 oz. of gin (I used Watershed Distillery's Four Peel Gin)
1/2 oz. Lillet Rose, chilled
1/2 oz. Aperol (you can use Campari if you prefer the more bitter taste)
1/4-1/2 oz. simple syrup to taste (depending on how tart your grapefruit is)
- In a cocktail shaker combine the grapefruit and lime juice, gin, Lillet Rose, Aperol, and simple syrup (if using.) Add ice and shake to combine all ingredients.
- Strain the mixture into 2 champagne flutes (about 3-4 oz. per glass.)
- Top off with the chilled prosecco. For a garnish I used a grapefruit wedge rolled in sugar. At Salt and Pine they had very tasty grapefruit gummy bears as a playful garnish.
- Toast to happy days ahead and drink up!
Cheers to a fabulous weekend! Enjoy the beautiful weather!!