Smoky Grapefruit Gin and Tonic

Smoky Grapefruit Gin and Tonic

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Smoky Grapefruit Gin and TonicEric Medsker

Meant for long afternoons overlooking lakes, porches, and thick novels, gin and tonics are the balm of summer. Add a slice of salt-sprinkled grilled grapefruit, and cut the tonic with soda, and the highball grows not only more aromatically complex, but even more refreshing. St. George Botanivore gin, all bergamot and citrus, is grapefruit and tonic's natural bedfellow.

Smoky Grapefruit Gin and Tonic
Meant for long afternoons overlooking lakes, porches, and thick novels, gin and tonics are the balm of summer. Add a slice of salt-sprinkled grilled grapefruit, and cut the tonic with soda, and the highball grows not only more aromatically complex, but even more refreshing. St. George Botanivore gin, all bergamot and citrus, is grapefruit and tonic’s natural bedfellow.
Yield: makes 1 cocktail
Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 half-wheel slice of pink grapefruit
  • 2 oz. gin
  • 12 oz. grapefruit juice
  • 2 oz. tonic
  • 2 oz. soda
  • Sea salt

Instructions

  1. Build a medium-heat fire in a charcoal grill, or heat a gas grill to medium. (Alternatively, heat a cast-iron grill pan over medium-high.) Place grapefruit on grill and cook, turning once, until lightly charred, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. To an ice-filled rocks glass, add gin and grapefruit juice. Top with tonic and soda, and garnish with grilled grapefruit slice sprinkled with sea salt.