Here’s to Good Cheer and Two Years [Pamplemousse 75]

pamplemousse0pamplemousseAround this time of year I feel like I become a hybrid between a sentimental grandmother and an excitable child — ’tis the season? The twinkling lights, my favourite music, the snow, the gingerbread…none of it ever seems to get old for me. And then even uber-consumerist commercials can have me tearing up. I get caught up in it all pretty easily.discoAmidst all the hustle and bustle of the season, I just wanted to take a moment to say a big THANK YOU to all of you for making this little hobby of mine so much fun. This past week marked two years since I tentatively dipped a toe into the world of blogging, and I’m so happy I did. I’m constantly learning new things, and it’s such a treat to connect with so many inspiring people via the blogosphere. So, thanks very much for popping by — whether you’re a regular reader (hi mum!) or this is your first time visiting, I’m so glad you’re here & I hope we’ll continue to have fun:)pamplemousse1To celebrate two years of documenting the messes I make in my parents’ kitchen, adventuring, and making people wait for photographs before they can eat, here’s a pretty cocktail for you. pamplemousse3This is a twist on one of my favourite cocktails, the French 75. Instead of lemon juice, grapefruit is featured in this sparkly drink and the pink hue seems extra-festive. These days, I’m finding there’s always something to raise a glass to (no matter how small) and I hope you have the same luck. Happiest of holidays to you all, and lots of love from this happy generalist. Cheers! xoxdisco1

The Pamplemousse 75

Ingredients for one cocktail:
3 tbsp gin
2 tbsp grapefruit juice (freshly squeezed is extra nice!)
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp simple syrup
1/4 cup chilled Champagne, Prosecco, or other sparkling white wine
lemon peel to garnish
sugar for the rim of the flute/glass

(I read somewhere that shaking gin is bad for the spirit’s flavour, so I just stir my drinks. But if you have a shaker other recipes do seem to use it –taste testing the two methods to find out which is better wouldn’t be too painful!)

Swipe a piece of lemon (or grapefruit) around the rim of the Champagne flute and gently roll the rim of the flute in granulated sugar. Pour the juices, the gin, and the Champagne into the flute and gently stir to mix the drink. Garnish with a twisted lemon peel and enjoy!


    • You’re more than welcome!:) Simple syrup is just equal parts sugar and equal parts water– bring the water to a boil and then add the sugar. Lower the heat and stir until all the sugar has dissolved…that’s it! It’s used in lots of different cocktails, instead of just putting sugar directly in the drink. Hope that helps, cheers! x

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