Belvedere Pink Grapefruit: So Pretty in Pink

Just in time for summer, Pink Grapefruit launched as the the newest flavored vodka from Belvedere, joining the Black Raspberry, Orange, and Citrus varieties. Belvedere uses a process called “Maceration” which incorporates whole pink Argentinean grapefruits, fresh ginger and Spanish spring lemons to produce a complex citrusy finish, without any artificial additives. You can really taste all the flavors extracted from the peels and flesh of the fruit, which allows it to be enjoyed in cocktails or all by itself. I managed to snag a couple of cocktail recipes from the launch party, which were quite unique and refreshing, perfect for the hot weather ahead. The ginger sugar in the snow cone really enhanced the cocktail, do not leave this ingredient out! You can order the sugar from Amazon, or Flavorstorm, if you want a large batch. And do be sure to remove the outside skin and pith from the grapefruit, which looks quite beautiful in the glass (seen in photo above from the event).

Belvedere Pink Grapefruit Snow Cone
Crushed Ice
2 oz Belvedere Pink Grapefruit
Pink Grapefruit wedge (skin and pith removed)
Ginger infused raw sugar
Pack a double shot glass full with crushed ice (use a blender to crush or put ice in sturdy plastic bag and hit with mallet). Top up with Belvedere Pink Grapefruit. Serve with a pink grapefruit wedge dipped in ginger infused sugar.

Pineapple and Fennel Martini
2 oz fennel syrup
4 or 5 chunks fresh pineapple
1 oz Belvedere Pink Grapefruit
Dash lemon juice
To create the fennel syrup boil a combination of cider vinegar, fennel seeds and cane sugar, reduce until syrupy (am getting details on the syrup, will fill in!). Muddle pineapple with fennel syrup. Add Belvedere Pink Grapefruit. Shake with cubed ice, and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with 3 fennel seeds.

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