A Drink and Things: Pamplemousse July 08 2016, 0 Comments

I make lip balm. I write about cocktails. I clearly like to keep life light. And yet, it's another sad week here in the US, with the tragic murders of two black men by police officers, and the killings of five police officers at a Dallas protest. It's sickening and heart- wrenching. 

I read an article about quiche that made me feel calm for a moment, but otherwise, I overwhelmed myself with news articles and analysis trying to understand why. Why does this keep happening? 

This clip from Trevor Noah is a must-watch.  

Otherwise, all I've got for you is a drink. With lemon juice, grapefruit juice and gin, this cocktail is both sour and bitter, just like this week. The only sweetness comes from elderflower liqueur, which you can now buy in small bottles. 

I wish you all a peaceful, restorative weekend. 

Pamplemousse Cocktail

Adapted from Food & Wine

1 ounce London dry gin
1/2 ounce St-Germain elderflower liqueur
1 ounce fresh grapefruit juice
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
Ice
1 large basil leaf, for garnish

In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, elderflower liqueur, grapefruit juice and lemon juice. Add the ice and shake well. Pour through a fine strainer into a chilled coupe and garnish with the basil leaf.