We’ve been away from posting for a while, but we are finally back! April and May were just much busier than we anticipated and we neglected our blog quite a bit. We did think about posting, but suddenly days and then weeks passed! We’re not trying to make excuses for our lack of organization, but we do want to say we’re glad to be back from our little hiatus!
We are always in search of the best way to feel like we are lazying on a Tropical Island, but it did become quite challenging with our busy schedules recently. The weather has been really warm so we were inspired to make this grapefruit mocktail. It’s so simple to make and is refreshing, tart, and sweet all at the same time. So although it’s not quite the same as lounging on a hammock under coconut trees in Hawaii, it still is delicious and at least reminds us of balmy days on the beach.
Grapefruit has some amazing health benefits too! There are too many to list, but a few benefits are, anti-cancer, clears skin, promotes weight loss, boosts immune system, cuts cellulite, high in vitamin C, aids digestion, and reduces water retention.
Honey Simple Syrup:
- ¼ cup raw honey
- ¼ cup water
- 2 sprigs of rosemary (optional)
In a small saucepan, add the honey, water and rosemary and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes and remove from heat. Pour the mixture into a glass jar with lid. You can keep the simple syrup in the refrigerator for 1 week.
Ingredients per drink
- 4 ounces of fresh grapefruit juice (1 grapefruit yields approx 8 oz of juice)
- 4 ounces sparkling water
- ½ small lemon, juiced
- ½ ounce honey simple syrup
- sea salt
- Make the honey simple syrup.
- Rub a slice of grapefruit around the rim of the glass and place the glass upside down in a mixture of salt and lemon zest.
- If juicing grapefruit, do this next. Store bought grapefruit juice also works, especially when you are busy. (We used fresh squeezed from Trader Joe’s)
- Fill glass with grapefruit juice, sparkling water, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Top with a sprig of rosemary.
- When we didn’t have honey simple syrup on hand, we replaced the sparkling water and honey simple syrup with ginger ale.
- Add 2 ounces of Vodka or Gin to make it a cocktail.
Here’s to warm sunny days with sand between our toes…cheers!