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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.

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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.

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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:

Ingredients:

Method:

  1. Put juice, water, agave, and ice into a large container with a lid.
  2. Shake several times to combine mixture until bubbly.
  3. Fill cups with ice.
  4. Pour mixture into cups.
  5. Place a sprig of thyme in each cup.
  6. Add tequila if desired. Serves four to six.

Pros:

  • Refreshing
  • Sweet and tart
  • No special equipment needed

Cons:

  • 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.

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