The classic martini gets a citrus infusion with the lightly sweet and sour flavors of Ruby Red grapefruit. Instead of the standard clear cocktail, the martini-like cocktail will take on a light pink hue with the addition of this citrus juice. The grapefruit flavor can come from a splash of grapefruit juice or from Ruby Red grapefruit-flavored vodka.
A traditional martini is made with gin and vermouth and garnished with a citrus peel or green olive; however, a common twist replaces the gin with vodka. This classic drink style adapts easily for use with Ruby Red grapefruit flavors. Start the martini with Ruby Red grapefruit vodka in a cocktail shaker. Instead of sweet vermouth, use a splash of simple syrup -- equal parts water and sugar, boiled together and then cooled -- for sweetness. Splash a bit of Ruby Red grapefruit juice in the shaker. Shake the ingredients well and strain into a cocktail glass, also called a martini glass. Garnish with a twist of grapefruit peel for added citrus notes.
A common way to order a martini is perfect, which means equal parts of sweet and dry vermouth are used for a balanced flavor. Instead of vermouth, use Ruby Red grapefruit juice and simple syrup to add bitter and sweet flavor to the vodka martini. Pour plain or grapefruit-flavored vodka over ice in a cocktail shaker. Start with just a splash each of grapefruit juice and simple syrup, steadily adding equal ratios of each to taste. Shake -- or stir -- the ingredients well and strain into a cocktail glass.
Ruby Red grapefruit pairs well with other citrus flavors if you want a martini with greater flavor variation. This type of martini strays more from the classic martini recipe, but the backbone of the drink remains intact. Start with 1 to 2 ounces of plain or Ruby Red grapefruit vodka, depending on the desired strength for the martini. Mix in Ruby Red grapefruit juice and other citrus juices such as orange juice, lemon juice, pink grapefruit juice and white grapefruit juice. Use equal ratios of each citrus juice for a balanced martini, or increase the amount of one to make its flavor stand out more. Step away from the citrus flavors with the garnish and opt for a bright red maraschino cherry instead. A splash of tart cranberry juice would also be welcome in this citrus-based cocktail.
Bold Ruby Red grapefruit flavor stands out against mild flavor ingredients, requiring equally bold ingredients for a level playing field in the cocktail glass. Fresh herbs pack a flavor punch powerful enough to hold their own against the strong citrus and vodka flavors in a Ruby Red grapefruit martini. Take inspiration from a mint julep and try some fresh mint muddled in the bottom of a cocktail shaker before adding the ice and liquid ingredients. Crush a basil leaf and add it as a garnish to enhance the drink with a savory summer note. A sprig of rosemary lends its resiny evergreen fragrance and spiky texture to a grapefruit martini while doubling as a stirring stick.
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