Are you ready for a bright + refreshing holiday drink to warm you up this holiday season? Are you looking for something homemade but simple and seasonal?
Do I sound like a cocktail saleswoman?
This is sort of like a tart, wintery version of a Moscow Mule, which has definitely been my go-to drink of 2014. But I’ve decided that in 2015 I need to start making more drink recipes of my own from scratch.
So I’m getting a 2 week head start before the new year. This is the only thing I’m currently ahead on.
And I’m obviously making a ginger-filled drink because I can’t stop with the ginger in my drinks.
Today’s post is sponsored by SodaStream. Product opinions are always my own. If I didn’t love it, you wouldn’t hear about it.Thank you for supporting the occasional sponsored post that helps fund all the deliciousness + behind the scenes action you see here.
This cocktail starts with a spicy ginger simple syrup made with honey. That’s right, a honey simple syrup! Ohhh, am I in love.
Then, you need some bubbles. I made these bubbles from scratch thanks to my new SodaStream Play. Can we just take a moment to note the minimalist design of this machine and it’s pretty, solid white color! It’s super slim, blends right into our backsplash, and you don’t even need an outlet to use it. There’s also zero cleanup, which is a major bonus for me with the amount of kitchen disasters I make each week.
The new SodaStream Play comes in a few different solid colors but you can also personalize your machine with skins! You can even create your own skin from a photo you’ve taken. I stuck with the white since it goes so well with our kitchen but love the idea that you can make this your own.
Another awesome feature of this machine is that you can control how bubbly you want your water. The more you press the more bubbles you get!
After carbonating the water I added some of the ginger simple syrup to make ginger sparkling water. Couldn’t be easier! You can add more of less of the simple syrup depending on your taste buds.
Then, after squeezing the juice from a few ruby red grapefruits we were in business.
ginger honey simple syrup
freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice
winter drink of my dreams
A little tart, a little sweet, and like a burst of sunshine in your mouth.
Ruby Red Grapefruit Ginger Cocktail
gluten-free // yields 4, 6-8oz drinks
- 1/2 cup clover honey
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 1/4 cups thinly sliced fresh ginger, skin on
- 1 1/3 cups freshly squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice, strained (3-4 large grapefruits)
- 1L sparkling water*, use filtered water in your SodaStream for the best taste
- 4-8oz gluten-free vodka
Place honey, water, and ginger in a small pot and bring to a simmer stirring occasionally. Let simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and let steep in the pot for 30-45 minutes. Strain the ginger and pour simple syrup into a glass jar (appx. 3/4 cup syrup). Let cool then chill in the fridge.
Once the simple syrup is ready, juice + strain your grapefruits. Add filtered water to the fill line on your SodaStream bottle and add bubbles to your liking (I pressed 4 times.). This makes your 1L sparkling water.
Pour 1/2 cup of the ginger simple syrup into your SodaStream bottle, seal, and lightly rock back and forth a few times to mix.
Add ice cubes to your glasses. Pour in 1 1/2oz vodka per glass. Then pour in about 1/3-1/2 cup ginger sparkling water and about 1/4-1/3 cup grapefruit juice. Add 1-2 teaspoons of the simple syrup to taste. Stir. Garnish with fresh grapefruit and a slice of ginger. Serve immediately.
Store excess juice, ginger sparkling water, and simple syrup in the fridge for about 1 week.
Notes: *If you don’t have a SodaStream Play machine (it would make a great gift!) simply stir together 2 cups of seltzer water with just over 1/4 cup of the ginger simple syrup (to make 4 drinks).
- To make vegan I would assume you can sub agave nectar or brown rice syrup.
Bottoms up + Happy Hanukkah!
Thanks again to SodaStream for sponsoring this post!