“Fall: That beautiful time of year between boob sweat and frost bite.”
I came across that scrolling through Instagram and immediately gave it a quick double tap. Last week I was fretting over my kids not having proper pants for 45 degree mornings– then today it’s 80 degrees! Forget the cider and the whiskey and the bonfires– I think this weather calls for some gin and citrus on the driveway: The Rosemary Greyhound*
*Technically, if this drink– a combination of grapefruit and gin or vodka– has a salted rim, you are supposed to call it a Salty Dog. But this is a sugared rim and I have a pet greyhound and she made for a good pic at the end so HA, it’s still going to be called a Greyhound*! My blog my rules.
I can’t really believe it took me as long as it did to discover this drink. I love grapefruit, I love gin– so why on earth would I not automatically be putting them together in a delightfully floral and refreshing combo? Beats me.
This one has a rosemary/salt rim which looks and sounds fancy but it’s pretty painfully easy. Just blend up some rosemary leaves with a little salt and stick a sprig in there and you are set! Fresh grapefruit juice is best, but I bet if you took a Fresca or a Grapefruit San Pellegrino it would also be delightful.
I love easy few-ingredient cocktails and so this one is going up near the top of the list for faves. The rosemary gives it a little boost of herby goodness on top of the gin– and the fresh juice over ice is perfect for when you find yourself sweating unexpectedly on a September afternoon. Cheers!
2 oz freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
1.5 oz gin
splash of club soda
Rosemary, to garnish
For the Rosemary Sugar
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
2 Tbsp rosemary, roughly chopped
For the rosemary sugar: In a mini food processor or spice grinder, combine the sugar with the rosemary and pulse to chop the herbs and combine with the sugar. Pour into shallow dish.
Rim the edge of a glass with leftover grapefruit rind (or any kind of sticky fruit juice, lime etc. Whatever you have on hand). Turn upside down into rosemary sugar to rim glass. Fill glass with clear ice.
In cocktail shaker, combine gin, juice (cue Snoop!), and additional ice. Give it a good shake and strain into rimmed glass. Garnish with rosemary sprig and a hot September afternoon. Cheers!