Celebrate! It's Friday!!

Nothing like a little bubbly cocktail and some fresh flowers to bring cheer and good spirits!

Nothing like a little bubbly cocktail and some fresh flowers to bring cheer and good spirits!

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!

Brunch at Salt and Pine in Columbus. Amanda and I both ordered the Pamplemousse cocktail which was so delightfully delicious I just had to try and recreate it myself!

Brunch at Salt and Pine in Columbus. Amanda and I both ordered the Pamplemousse cocktail which was so delightfully delicious I just had to try and recreate it myself!

Grapefruit Sparkler

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)

Chilled Prosecco

1/4-1/2 oz. simple syrup to taste (depending on how tart your grapefruit is)

To make:

  1. 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.
  2. Strain the mixture into 2 champagne flutes (about 3-4 oz. per glass.)
  3. 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.
  4. Toast to happy days ahead and drink up!
A sparkling cocktail with sparkly garnishes- what could be better!?

A sparkling cocktail with sparkly garnishes- what could be better!?

Cheers to a fabulous weekend! Enjoy the beautiful weather!!