You probably have guessed that I love pink grapefruit, and I love experimenting with grapefruits. I’ve made candied grapefruit peel, and grapefruit and gin cocktails. I thought I’d try the next step and make my own grapefruit infused vodka.
I searched around for recipes and then threw open the question on my personal FB page. The main question was whether to put just the peel in the vodka or use the whole sliced fruit. In the end, I decided to just use the peel. Another piece of advice was to use decent vodka. Not the premium stuff, but not the rot-gut either.
Here’s what I did. First, I peeled the grapefruit, using a professional-grade peeler, which was a gift from some chef friends. The peeler is a Tristar TTPLR Titan Peeler Slicer & Peeler. It’s sharp as hell, but with a light touch, I can just get the zest off the fruit and not the bitter pith. The only bad reviews this peeler got were from people who had sliced off their finger-tips!
I heated the vodka and peel for about three minutes. Warm enough that I could stick my finger in the pot and tell that it was warm. Maybe it was 115*. If you bring it to boil, the alcohol will burn off the vodka.
For mixing, I thought maybe a touch of simple syrup, if necessary, and some club soda. Of course, I will use the candied grapefruit peel as a garnish.
I will let you know how it works!