Serves 1

The French Blonde Cocktail

When a drink begins with fresh squeezed grapefruit juice, it has to be phenomenal. Traditionally made with white grapefruit juice, experiment with different grapefruit juices such as pink or ruby until you find your personal favorite. I personally like the pink simply because it is a tiny bit sweeter and lends a beautiful blush to the drink. For garnish, use a vegetable peeler to cut a narrow 2 inch slice of grapefruit peel, sugar and pierced with a rosemary sprig. Before mixing, be sure to place the martini glass in the freezer. The chill it will attain while mixing the drink adds a great dimension and demonstrates you are a true mixologist!

2 ounces fresh grapefruit juice (large grapefruit of choice)
½ c sugar
½ ounce elderflower liqueur, St. Germain
1 ounce dry gin, Warner Edward’s Harrington Dry Gin
2 ounces Lillet Blanc
2 dashes lemon bitters
rosemary sprig

Flavor Tier 1

Cut the grapefruit in half, remove seeds and squeeze out juice. Strain to remove as much pulp as possible. Using a vegetable peeler, cut 2 inch grapefruit peel slices. Be sure to cut thin and not cut into the white pith. Place the peels in a small plastic re-sealable bag with ½ cup of sugar. Shake to distribute and set aside.

Flavor Tier 2

Place juice, elderflower liqueur, gin, Lillet Blanc and bitters in an ice filled shaker. Shake 30 seconds. Pour into martini glass. Remove grapefruit peel from sugar and shake gently to remove excess sugar. Twist and pierce with rosemary sprig. Place into glass along one side. Serve.