It’s summer, and I’m a sucker for refreshing martinis. If it has exotic-sounding ingredients, like hibiscus flower or jasmine-infused jicama, and it costs $14 at a fairly lackluster LA bar, chances are I’m going to want to order it.
An impromptu dinner party and a Costco bag of grapefruit I wanted to use up inspired me to search for a great grapefruit martini recipe. I normally don’t follow drink recipes and just wing it. I mix yummy-seeming ingredients together and then make up a fancy name — like Sunset Spritzer Refresher or Cabo Tankini — however, I’ve discovered there may be some merit to mixologists saying certain alcohols or flavors don’t mix. Also, my guests feel a bit more comfortable when they know I’ve followed a recipe. I tend to have a heavy hand when I pour — a complaint I hear often from my friends, though they don’t seem to mind when a bartender commits this offense, so f them.
I found a few options online, like this Pink Grapefruit Martini and this Grapefruit and Basil Martini. The first one seemed a bit boring, and I’m not a huge fan of the simple syrup used in the second, so I decided to wing it — rules be damned!
Here are my adapted versions — that’s right I made 2! I aim to please guests with both a spicy and a mellow palate.
Spicy Grapefruit Martini
- 1.5 ounces (1 shot) vodka
- 0.5 ounces triple sec
- 2 ounces fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice
- 2 thin slices jalapeno
- splash of prosecco (or sparkling wine)
- Muddle 1 slice of jalapeno in the bottom of the shaker.
- Fill shaker with ice.
- Add vodka, triple sec and grapefruit juice.
- Shake what your mama gave you.
- Pour into martini glass, and add fresh jalapeno slice.
- Top with a splash of prosecco.
I did a heavy splash of prosecco; I like the bubbly. It tasted pretty good without the splash as well but the prosecco does add a nice summer-y, refreshing topper to it. For a spicier option, infuse the vodka with jalapeno beforehand — just toss some vodka in a glass, throw in the jalapeno slices, and let it all sit in the fridge for a couple hours.
For the more mellow-mouthed, a refreshing alternative is a Basil Grapefruit Martini. Follow the above recipe but replace the jalapeno with 2 or 3 basil leaves.