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Saturday, August 29, 2009

Grapefruit Cooler

Refreshing Beverage of the Week
Okay Irene, this one is for you. A nice, refreshing, non-alcoholic beverage to cool you off after a hard day at the gym, or the opera, or where ever you hang out these days. Its called the Grapefruit Cooler, it's best if it's made a 4 hours ahead of time, this recipe makes a pitcher of 6 drinks, and it goes something like this:

Ingredients
2 ounces fresh mint
2 tablespoons sugar syrup
2 cups grapefruit juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
About 30 cracked ice cubes sparkling water to top off

Procedure
Crush the mint leaves in a small bowl. Add the simple syrup and let soak for at least 2 hours. Occasionally go over the the bowl and mush the leaves around with the back of a spoon so they give up all their yummy flavor. Strain the syrup into a pitcher and add the grapefruit juice, and lemon juice. Cover with plastic and refrigerate for two hours. To serve, fill 6 chilled Collins glasses with cracked ice. Divide the juice mixture over 6 glasses and top with sparkling water. Garnish with mint sprig. Yes, Irene I can hear you complaining that this drink takes too long — but you know, good things come to those who wait.