Happy Valentine's Day lover! Actually it's the day after Valentine's and thank baby Jesus it is over. Blah, blah, blah, it's a corporate holiday for chocolate (I am cool with that part) and flower (okay with that part too) sales but mostly I am over all the lovey-dovey posts. Unless I am in love with a lover. But I am not. Yet.
Scratch that: I am in love with this drink.
Bitter. Sweet. Floral. Hot. Hot. Hot!
The great part of being single is I can drink as many of these as I want and I don't have to share. I can also spend my Valentine's buying flowers, eating a Shake Shack burger, and taking a nap while watching Charmed and nobody cares. Holler at your girl.
This is one of those fancy cocktails you get at an overpriced speakeasy but, thanks to me, you can make it in your own home. Impress your fancy friends with your fancy skills in yo' fancy kitchen. The proper greyhound is actually the first legal drink I ordered at a restaurant on my 21st birthday. I swear grapefruit and gin go together like PB&J. Even if you are not a fan of grapefruit on it's own, this drink might sway your opinion... if you like spicy things. If not? Well, screw you! Jk. I just don't understand you.
In the infamous words of the Spice Girls, "spice up your life!"
The Feisty Greyhound
- 2 part gin
- 4 parts fresh grapefruit juice
- 1/2 part habanero simple syrup (1/2 habanero pepper, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/4 cup water)
- splash orange blossom water
- 1/2 grapefruit for garnish
To make the simple syrup, combine sugar, water, and sliced pepper (sans seeds) into a small saucepan. Heat over low heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Lightly boil for four minutes then remove from heat. Let simple syrup reach room temperature. Strain into a small container.
Combine gin, juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake vigorously until cold. Strain over ice into two cocktail glasses. Add a splash of orange blossom water to the top of each and serve immediately.