Making fresh fruit drinks is one of the joys of summer; on a warm day nothing tastes quite as good as a cold glass of lemonade or, in this case, pink grapefruit-ade spiked with ginger syrup. Not only is it pretty and bang-on-trend coral pink but it has a delicate, refreshing flavour which is a lovely pick-me-up after a day spent outside in the sun. It’s also a fab alcohol-free drink to offer your designated-driver guests; it makes a refreshing (haha) change from Coke and J2O.
The sharpness of the grapefruit is what makes this drink so refreshing (as does a big handful of ice) but it’s not overly sour thanks to the addition of a little orange juice and a ginger sugar syrup. The syrup is simply made by infusing water and sugar with slices of fresh ginger, bring the lot to a light boil and chilling it ready to use in this recipe or in cocktails. Who would want mass-produced soft drinks when you can whip up a jug of beautiful grapefruit and ginger-ade at home? If it’s fizzy you’re after, just swap in some carbonated water. And, between you and me, a shot of gin wouldn’t go amiss.
Grapefruit and ginger-ade
Makes about 1 litre
- 50g fresh ginger
- 150g sugar
- 3 pink grapefruits
- 1 orange
- cold water/carbonated water
Peel the ginger and cut into thick slices. Place in a small pan with the sugar 250ml water. Bring to a boil and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat and leave to cool. Chill before using.
Place a sieve over a large jug and juice the grapefruit and orange into this catching any bits and pips. Press the bits down to extract as much juice as possible.
Pour the ginger syrup through the sieve into the juice (thus catching the ginger slices). Stir well and dilute with cold water to taste; I used about 500ml.
Serve with ice and a slice.