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Grapefruit Simple Syrup
(recipe, Kelly Myers)
Bartenders and amateur mixologists alike will love having grapefruit simple syrup on hand. Try adding the grapefruit simple syrup to a Campari and soda, or mixing it with grapefruit juice and vodka. For a refreshing non-alcoholic beverage that doesn’t cloy, add a few tablespoons of the syrup to soda water in a glass of ice with a squeeze of lemon.
- 2 to 4 ruby-red grapefruit
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 cups water
- Wash the citrus under cold water and dry. Finely grate the peel, avoiding the white pith, until you have a heaping 2 Tbsp. grated peel.
- In a bowl, vigorously stir the zest into the sugar. Use the back of a spoon to crush the zest into the sugar, until the sugar appears slushy and damp. Cover well and let sit overnight or several hours.
- Bring the water to a boil in a saucepan and stir in the citrus sugar. Simmer the syrup for 3 minutes to dissolve the sugar.
- Take off the heat and let cool. Strain out the zest and store the syrup in the refrigerator.
Read more about wintertime citrus cooking in Kelly Myers' "Citrus time."