“I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says “Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.” – Lewis Carroll
Winter is terribly long here in Minneapolis, and somehow citrus helps make the months a bit more bearable. These grapefruit rosemary sparklers are the perfect antidote to the piles of snow we received this week: tart, crisp, cold, and refreshing.
Grapefruit Rosemary Sparkler
You can use anywhere from 2-3 cups sugar in the simple syrup, depending on how sweet you want the syrup. I used 2 1/2 cups, and thought it was a good balance. You can omit the rosemary if desired.
4 cups fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (6-7 grapefruits)
2 – 3 cups sugar (see note)
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 rosemary sprigs, plus more for serving
Prosecco or club soda
For the grapefruit simple syrup:
In a medium saucepan, gently mix together the grapefruit juice, sugar, and salt. Over medium-high heat, bring the grapefruit juice to a boil, and then let simmer for 20-30 minutes, until the mixture is reduced to 2 1/2 cups. Strain the grapefruit syrup to remove any pulp. Add the lemon juice and vanilla, and stir until combined. Add the 2 rosemary sprigs to the syrup. Let cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate until chilled. Remove the rosemary sprigs before serving.
To make the sparkler:
Pour the grapefruit syrup into glasses – 1/4 to 1/3 full (depending on taste preference). Fill the cup with prosecco or club soda, and top with ice. Serve with a fresh sprig of rosemary.
Sarah Kieffer spends much of her time taking photographs and in the kitchen with her two little ones. She loves to use any available free time re-reading books and sipping cold press. She shares her recipes and musings at The Vanilla Bean Blog, a space dedicated to creating a family food history.
BY Sarah Kieffer - March 5, 2015
Thank you for being here. For being open to enjoying life’s simple pleasures and looking inward to understand yourself, your neighbors, and your fellow humans! I’m looking forward to chatting with you.