By Betty McTraveler
Guest writer for The Right Solutions
How about a cool drink to help you relax in this summer heat? A beverage was something I had yet to make for Pros & Cons, so I immediately went to find the perfect one. I like quick and easy, and to stay with the season, something summery. Erin Scott’s Ruby Red Grapefruit Fizz hits the mark. It’s a cocktail and didn’t fail to impress. Several people who tried it said they enjoyed it. I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
This beverage is fruity, fizzy, and tart with a touch of sweetness thanks to the agave. The original recipe calls for 2 to 4 tablespoons of agave, but I added 4 tablespoons. If you decide to add tequila, which I did, it gives the beverage an extra punch. Add just enough to taste it but not enough to overpower the cocktail. I poured this recipe into five cups and added 3 tsp. or 1/2 ounce of tequila per glass.
Top off the beverage with thyme, to add a fresh, almost earthy taste and a nice balance with the tequila. I made some minor changes to the recipe, but for the most part, I followed the original. It’s a refreshing drink to help you unwind on a hot summer’s day. Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (I used Florida’s Natural Ruby Red grapefruit juice)
- 2 cups chilled sparkling water
- 4 tablespoons light agave nectar
- Ice (I used Sonic ice)
- 4-6 sprigs of fresh thyme
- tequila (optional)
- Put juice, water, agave, and ice into a large container with a lid.
- Shake several times to combine mixture until bubbly.
- Fill cups with ice.
- Pour mixture into cups.
- Place a sprig of thyme in each cup.
- Add tequila if desired. Serves four to six.
- Sweet and tart
- No special equipment needed
- Earthiness of fresh thyme doesn’t appeal to everyone
- Maybe a little too simple of a recipe
- Needs the extra punch that the tequila provides
What do you think about the recipe? Leave a comment below.