This classic cocktail is as easy to make. It’s tart and salty and you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry. If you like your citrus cocktails a bit more on the sweet side, add a quick honey syrup, or if you like things spicy, you can even muddle a few slices of jalapeño in the bottom of your shaker first!
- 1 ½ teaspoons coarse salt
- 1 wedge grapefruit for rim, plus 1/2 slice for garnish
- 3 slices jalapeño pepper (optional)
- 1 ½ ounces chilled vodka or gin
- ½ cup fresh grapefruit juice
- 2 teaspoons honey simple syrup (optional; see Tip)
Directions Step 1
Spread salt on a small plate. Run grapefruit wedge around the rim of a tall glass, then roll the glass in the salt to thoroughly coat the rim. Fill the glass with ice.Step 2
Place jalapeño slices (if using) in a cocktail shaker and muddle briefly. Add vodka (or gin), grapefruit juice and honey syrup, if desired. Fill the shaker three-fourths full of ice. Cover and shake until chilled. Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass. Garnish with grapefruit slice, if desired.
Tip: To make a quick honey simple syrup, stir 1 tsp. hot water into 1 tsp. honey until the honey is dissolved; let cool.