Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Grapefruit and Mint Bourbon Cocktail

I cannot claim much knowledge on the art of mixing, but I do occasionally make a cocktail or two.  Thom and I can together a strong old fashioned or Manhattan, but we rarely venture past old standby's.  Typically I find most cocktails to be a bit too flashy, too complex, too sugary, and too expensive.  When I see those high fructose corn syrup infused rums, or sugary sweet mystery alcoholic concoctions, I cringe.  Conclude that drink with a bar tab equivalent to a weekday lunch bill, and you've found that the modern alcoholic mixed drink has gone mad!

I also carry too much of that Type B personality and refuse skip exact measurements.  This is a must for the perfect mixed drink.

So when I came to find that I wanted something refreshing, bubbly and alcoholic, I looked to see what I had on hand in my refrigerator and fruit bowl...






I added a few sprigs of mint to counter the citrus and I basically followed the same recipe for an old fashioned with a few variations.

Grapefruit and Mint Bourbon Cocktail
Serves 1

-2 oz. Bourbon 
-2 Dashes of Angostura Bitters
-1 tsp simple syrup
-Juice from 1 Pink Grapefruit quarter
-a few leaves of mint
-Club Soda

Wash and dry off the mint.  Chiffonade mint and place in glass.  Add bourbon, bitter and simple syrup.  Squeeze grapefruit quarter into glass.  Mix.  Add a handful of ice.  Top off the drink with club soda.  Chin, chin!