Summer is the perfect time to enjoy bright and refreshing cocktails; however, alcohol isn’t always a prerequisite, and you may occasionally crave something on the lighter side.
If you don’t or can’t drink alcohol (or are looking for something festive to serve your guests in this boat), this spicy, tangy mock-tail is just right. I especially like to have a non-alcoholic option when hosting a dinner party, for friends who aren’t drinking and even for the kids who are attending our soiree – they love to be included! It is also a great addition to a bridal or baby shower. Whatever the motivation, I always find that mock-tails are a welcome addition.
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Recently I started making a batch of this addictive concoction, putting it into a pretty bottle with a ribbon, and bringing it as a hostess gift. I also brought along a bottle or two to a baby shower. I have to say it was greatly appreciated by the “Mama-To-Be”, and it put a smile on her face.
This recipe is so refreshing on a hot summer day. The fresh ruby grapefruit juice adds a festive pink color that everyone seems to gush over. The sweetness comes from minty simple syrup (which is also great in a glass of ice tea), and the bubbles, which are a must, come from ginger beer. If ginger beer is too spicy for your palate, you can also use bubbly water; I have done so several times, and it is perfectly delicious.
MORE: Add a dash of Morris Kitchen Grapefruit and Hibiscus Syrup to push this drink over the top!
Grapefruit Ginger Mocktail
- 1/2 bunch mint leaves, washed
- 1 cup unrefined sugar
- 1 cup water
- 3 1/2 cups unsweetened pink grapefruit juice
- Ginger beer
- Grapefruit slices, for garnish
- Mint sprigs, for garnish
- Maraschino Cherries, for garnish
Directions:Make the Minty Simple Syrup
- Add the water and sugar to a medium-sized saucepan. Stir and place over medium low heat, then bring to a boil.
- Lower the heat to a simmer and cook until reduced by half; about 10 minutes.
- Lightly bruise the mint with your hands and add to the simple syrup (sugar water). Stir, turn off the heat, and let sit at least 30 minutes.
- Strain the simple syrup into a large glass serving pitcher.
- Pour the grapefruit juice into the pitcher and stir.
- For individual cocktails, add ice to a cocktail glass and pour in the grapefruit mixture until about 3/4 full. Pour enough ginger beer in to fill the cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a grapefruit slice, mint sprig, and/or a cherry.
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