If I had to pick my favorite cocktail, a Gimlet would 1,000,000% be in my top three faves. Because I’m a huge Gin fan and I prefer tart drinks to sweet ones, a Gimlet satisfies everything I want in a cocktail. It’s got that perfect combo of herbal, tart, and sweet that makes it verrrrry easy to drink. And very hard to stop at just one. Or two. Or three.
A Gimlet is also easy to make a riff on! Although the classic will always be my favorite, it's fun to make them with all sorts of liquors and syrups and flavor combinations. Since Gin and grapefruit are a natural pairing, it was a no brainer that I had to come up with a grapefruit riff using the ruby reds plucked from my own tree!
It was tough work to test out different combos, but I sucked it up and did it. And I have to say, I’m really happy with the end result! The grapefruit flavor really shines, which is what I was after, and the balance between tart and sweet is just right.
One note for anyone new to making cocktails: citrus/citrus juice is NOT directly interchangeable! If a recipe calls for 1 oz of lime juice, simply swapping it for orange or lemon or grapefruit juice is not going to give you the same result. This recipe is a perfect example of that! Although I wanted a grapefruit-forward drink, my grapefruits are sweeter than limes, so I still needed a touch of lime for balance. And since grapefruit juice isn’t typically as pungent as lime juice, I needed more grapefruit juice than the amount of lime juice called for in a classic Gimlet. So don’t be afraid to experiment to find the ratios that work for you.
Also, if grapefruits aren’t in season or aren’t particularly flavorful where you are, feel free to add a dash of grapefruit bitters to this recipe. You’d be surprised the oomph a tiny dash of bitters can give to a drink!