It all started here. . .
Here in Madison, Wisconsin there used to be THE perfect (to me) restaurant. It had something for everyone: think bar food, wonderful salads and appetizers, my favorite cranberry grapefruit vodka drink, decent prices, plenty of seating, a casual, friendly crowd, and in the summer a HUGE outdoor patio. Those who live in Wisconsin LOVE places with outdoor seating, even though it’s relevant only 3-4 months of the year. It makes up a tiny bit for those days of winter. ⛄️
So, I was particularly sad when this restaurant closed. Something about using the (truly awesome) location for a different purpose. What?! Don’t they know? We NEEDED that restaurant!
Rather than rip out my favorite booth and take it with me, I went in a different direction: I wrote down the ingredients of my favorite cocktail, what they called a “Grapefruit Kiss.” It was similar to a vodka with cranberry juice, with some adjustments. All I had to do was figure out the proportions.
Ingredients for the Cranberry Grapefruit (Vodka) Kiss
The trip to the liquor store was unique. I was looking for grapefruit flavored vodka and “St. Germaine Elderflower Liqueur”. The vodka was no problem, but the elderflower liqueur took some searching. I found the St Germaine as well as a cheaper brand. I decided to get the cheaper brand, since I was just experimenting.
When I went to the checkout, the guy took one look and said: “Wow, I can’t believe it”! I felt a little self-conscious – was 2 bottles really that much? Was this guy judging me? So I asked him what he meant, and he pointed to the elderflower liqueur and said “I’ve had those in stock for so long and never sold any until today – and you are the second one!” to which I said “Well, the recipe says St. Germaine, but I’m hoping it won’t make a difference.” He said, “that’s exactly what the other guy said!” LOL.
Well THAT bottle of elderflower liqueur is long gone and now I DO have the real, not the knock-off brand of St. Germaine. To be honest, I don’t think it makes much difference. But, I’m kinda high-maintenance, so I’ll probably keep buying the real stuff.
Cranberry Grapefruit Kiss is born!
And so, in my kitchen, this beverage was created. Since I cannot be certain I have the exact same proportions, I am calling mine the Cranberry-Grapefruit Kiss. Anyone who likes cranberry juice will love this drink.
Since cranberry juice is so good for us, any beverage containing cranberry juice should be considered health food, don’t you agree?
- 1 shot (1.5 oz)grapefruit flavored vodka
- ½ shot (0.75 oz)elderflower liqueur
- 6 oz cranberry juice
- 1 wedge of lime
- sugar for rim optional
- Use the lime wedge to rim the edge of the glass. Dip the moist edge in sugar to coat.
- In a cocktail shaker, mix the vodka, liqueur, and cranberry juice with ice. Strain into the prepared glass. Garnish with the lime wedge.
Nutrition values are estimates only, using online calculators. Please verify using your own data.
Like this Cranberry Grapefruit drink? Try making some Vodka slush for summertime fun!