Our neighbor has this gorgeous grapefruit tree in her backyard along our fence line. Fortunately for us, our neighbor is the bomb.com and loves to share goodies with us which is how we ended up with about 50-60 grapefruits this holiday season. These backyard grown grapefruits aren’t like the ones from the store. They are super super juicy and have a nice sweetness to accompany the usual tartness of a grapefruit. Typically, I’m not that big of a fan of grapefruits, but I can eat these as snacks all day. What do you do with 50+ grapefruits? Lots of things!
Like dehydrate them or slice them and dip them in melted chocolate. Those were decadent, but for this post, we’ll talk about making grapefruit infused vodka.
Did I come up with this idea. Nope. Can’t claim that I did. The husband got real quiet one night in the kitchen in early December, and I found him slicing away at some grapefruits. He was the genius that thought to turn some grapefruits into a delicious cocktail.
We don’t drink much vodka, but we had a huge bottle of it leftover from one of his work parties. He sliced the grapefruits in half, took the seeds out and juiced about two-three halves each into one mason jar until he had made about seven jars 1/4 full of juice. (We have a handheld juice squeezer.) He let the pulp get into the mason jars. He also tried one mason jar with tequila instead of vodka. It’s to be determined how good that it is. We haven’t opened it yet.
He wrote the date on top of the jars with a sharpie and stowed them away in our bar. Every two to three days he slowly turned them upside down and right side up again. We opened one jar up one week later, and it was good but not quite right yet. So, we waited another week which just happened to be around Christmas. It was delicious! Super flavorful and just the right amount of sweet and sour.
We made grapefruit Moscow mules, and I’m not embarrassed to say that I drank three (approximately 3/4 of the vodka jar) before I even realized it. I had a raging headache the next day, but grapefruit Moscow Mules are delightful! You can strain the pulp out when you’re making your cocktail or leave it in for little bursts of added flavor. We let the pulp stay and garnished the glass with, you guessed it, a grapefruit slice. We gave a few of the jars away as Christmas gifts, and the recipients loved them. If you have an abundance of grapefruits and like the occasional cocktail, I highly recommend making your own grapefruit vodka.