Charred Grapefruit Gin & Tonic #FoodieExtravaganza
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This month I am hosting; I asked the group to share grapefruit recipes in honor of National Grapefruit Month. Here's the line-up...
Charred Grapefruit Gin & Tonic by Culinary Cam (you're here)
Grapefruit Chaat Salad Bowl by Sneha's Recipe
Grapefruit Panna Cotta by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Paloma by A Day in the Life on the Farm
Thai Salad Yam Sam O by Pandemonium Noshery
Other Grapefruit Creations
It's not that I don't use grapefruit often. I just usually eat it with a spoon before I get to create any recipes with it. However, D made a Pink Grapefruit Curd a couple of years ago, then used it in an ice cream. Back in 2018, as part of the #KitchenMatrixCookingProject, I shared Seared Scallops Over Grapefruit Barley Risotto. And when the #FoodNFlix group watched Coco, I poured my Habanero Salted Grapefruit Margaritas.
Charred Grapefruit Gin & Tonic
But, for this event, I wanted to do a riff on one of my favorite cocktails: the gin and tonic. Add a slice of salt-sprinkled grilled grapefruit to your favorite G&T and you have a winner. I like to use St. George Botanivore gin with its bergamot notes. And, because I am allergic to quinine, I use a locally made tonic syrup.
Ingredients makes 2 cocktails
4 slices organic pink grapefruit
3 ounces gin
2 ounces tonic (I am allergic to quinine, so I use a quinine-free tonic syrup)
2 ounces soda
salt (I used fleur de sel)
Also needed: ice, grill or grill pan, cocktail shaker, muddler, two rocks glasses
Heat a gas grill or grill pan over medium heat. Place grapefruit on grill and cook, flipping once, until lightly charred, approximately 1 minute on each side. Remove from heat and set aside. Slice 1 in half for the garnish and sprinkle with salt. In a cocktail shaker or large mason jar, muddle 2 to 3 slices of grilled grapefruit, extracting as much juice from the slices as you can. Fill the container with ice and pour in gin and tonic. Shake or stir to combine.
Into an ice-filled glass, strain in the gin mixture. Top with soda and garnish with grilled grapefruit slice.