While delicious all year-round, grapefruit harvests tend to peak with the holiday season. And if you think about it, it’s perfect timing for us in North America. With all the heavy foods we’re indulging in this time of year, the citrus zing of grapefruit is a perfect palate refresher. Wonderful for Christmas morning brunch and even better in a holiday cocktail. This recipe pairs the fresh flavour of pink grapefruit with the resinous herbal note of rosemary. Garnished with a rosemary spring, this cocktail looks wonderfully festive. You could add a splash of cranberry or pomegranate juice to subtly change the colour and flavour to suit your mood.
2 cups freshly squeezed red grapefruit juice (approximately 3 grapefruit)
1/2 cup Grand Marnier
One 750-milliliter bottle sparkling wine, chilled
Rosemary simple syrup, to taste
Combine grapefruit juice, Grand Marnier and simple syrup to taste in a pitcher.
Over ice fill each glass 3/4 of the way with the grapefruit mixture, and top off each glass with sparkling wine. Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and serve immediately.
*This can also be served in a punch bowl.