And by something, I mean cocktails. That’s what juicy grapefruits are for, in my opinion.
The simple syrup can be made with fresh or dried rosemary. I went with dried (found in the spice/seasonings row of the grocery store) because my little plant only had three sprigs. And I obviously needed all of those for photos. It looks real sad now. Totally worth it.
I usually lean towards sweeter cocktails–how shocking–but this is definitely on the tarter side. You’ll need some grapefruit juice (fresh is the best!), simple syrup, bourbon, and club soda. You can start with about 8 ounces of grapefruit juice and kind of adjust it from there. Less sweetener, more sweetener. Less bourbon, more bourbon. It’s all good.
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp rosemary leaves
- 8oz grapefruit juice (fresh preferred, but bottled works too!)
- 2 oz bourbon
- 1.5 oz rosemary simple syrup (add more if you like 'em sweet)
- 2 oz club soda
- Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer, stirring frequently until sugar has dissolved. Let the mixture simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until reduced by half. Remove from heat and let it cool completely before using.
- Fill each glass halfway with crushed ice. Add the grapefruit juice, bourbon, and simple syrup. For the club soda, I wrote that you'll need two ounces per cocktail, but that's really just an estimate. Basically you can just use it to top off each glass.