Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Grapefruit Martini

It's New Year's brunch at the Urban Cottage.  Come in and have a grapefruit martini.

Actually, calling this cocktail a grapefruit martini is a little unfair.
The addition of rosemary-infused simple syrup makes it much more special.
I actually call it the St. Stephen cocktail.  If you want to use your name
in place of Stephen, I won't be at all offended.

It's a great brunch cocktail and, as such, I've taken it easy on the alcohol so you can have one
or two and still move on with your day without drooling on your Sunday's finest.

It's refreshing anytime of the year and is sure to fend off colds, scurvy or whatever
else might ail you.

                               For each serving:

                               6 oz. freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
                               1-1/2 oz. vodka
                               1 tablespoon rosemary syrup*
                               1 lime (for zest)

                               *see recipe below (patent pending)

                               Combine all ingredients, shake in cocktail shaker with ice
                               or serve over crushed ice in martini glass.

                               Top with a dusting to lime zest.

                                   1 cup sugar
                                   1 cup water
                                   2-3 springs of fresh rosemary
                               Bring sugar and water to a boil.  Turn off heat and add
                               rosemary sprigs.  Set aside to cool.  The rosemary will
                               turn a little brown so I usually take it out and replace it
                               with new sprigs when company's coming over.

                               Store in covered jar in refrigerator.

I don't usually use pink grapefruit but certainly looks pretty in pink.



  1. St. Stephen....yeah, wouldn't nearly be as an effective name if it made you drool on your Sunday's finest!

    To a happy, healthy ::hic:: 2013!

  2. Sounds yummy. I don't think there was a St. Kerry though. ;)

  3. Sounds lovely . . . St Stephen's it will be . . . Grapefruit and Rosemary on the list . . .
    Happy day . . . Happy year . . .

  4. Yum! So pretty too. Wish I could sip one now. Happy new year.

  5. That looks exactly like what I need right now - still fighting a little cold and I think citrus and vodka might be the cure! Wishing you a very happy new year, Steve!

  6. that looks good.
    REALLY good.

    happy NEW year!

  7. yum. wishing you a wonderful 2013, my friend. but then, 2012 was pretty good to you, huh, getting published and all...

    wishing you more good things to come.

    you're the best.

    your friend, donna

  8. That looks so good! I may have to trek through the drifts to get some grapefruit. I hope your patent gets pended soon.

  9. Definitely doable...our rosemary is peeking out from the snow!

  10. Been looking for a good cure for scurvy - and this looks promising. Medicinally speaking, of course! Happy St. Stephen's Day!

  11. I adore coming to your blog, everything you have/talk about is just so resplendent! I'll be trying out the cocktail for sure! Happy New Year!

  12. Pretty and refreshing! Looks like you are getting the new year off to a great start.

  13. I'm laughing...drooling on my Sunday best? I would have to get out of my pajamas first....;) No, no wild night last night just my one cold of the season and it's smacked me right in the head so please, more vodka! This sounds so yummy and we love pink grapefruit so will have to try it next weekend.

    Happy New Year Steve!

  14. That looks divine. I will take 3. Have had a week of brutal headaches and I think a stiff drink at noon is just what the doctor ordered. It is even nice when the drink goes well with the decor. Happy New Year!

    xo Terri

  15. I think that would still be delish even without the vodka.

    I've had basil infused syrups but never rosemary.

    Happy name day. Happy New Year. Happy, happy, joy, joy.

    xo Jane

    1. Jane,
      Would absolutely be delish without the hooch. I might have one right now in fact!

  16. Hi Steve - Too bad I didn't see this recipe while I still had a grapefruit tree in my back yard, but I'll still give it a try. It sounds (and looks) like a splendid way to start the new year!

  17. Yum! How long does the syrup keep in the fridge? Looking forward to serving at my next get together.

    1. It would keep a few weeks for sure. If you took out the rosemary after a week or so, I think it last several weeks.

  18. That's it. I must confess. I think I enjoy your photography above everything else. Okay, maybe not above all things your write or share, but good god, man, your images are always stunning, even with grapefruit and lime. You inspire me, always, to push myself for better. Thank you. And Happy New Year, my friend.

  19. Stephen...your photos are as gorgeous as I am sure that martini is delicious!

  20. Wow this looks absolutely delicious! I lllooovvveee grapefruit so I will have to pin this and try it. Happy new year!

  21. where were you a few days ago?! my st. germaine martini's were good, this looks divine

  22. Looks and sounds delicious! I can't wait to make these. Thanks so much for sharing the recipe!
    All the best.

  23. Mmmm, yum! I love pink grapefruit and what a fun way to showcase their juiciness. I make a lot of simple syrups and will have to try one infused with rosemary.

  24. ok it's official...i don't get any of your posts in my reader.

    i've just had a run around in blogland and everyone is sick so i think they all need this delicious looking remedy.

    steve i wish you a wonderful new year!

    i know you hate it but...


  25. Divine! How come I wasn't invited to brunch? I love that font for the captions. Happy New Year, Steve! Cheers to 2013 ~ Loi

  26. I've never been a huge fan of grapefruit or it's juice, but this looks good enough I'm tempted to give it another chance! Happiest of New Years!

  27. I just found your blog, it is fun. I like it that you take your own photos and it's not just a cut and paste blog. Cheers

  28. I love the snow in your header...how the heck do you add that? Maybe it's a blogger thing. Anyway, it's very cool.

  29. S....Happy MMXIII...I was thrilled to see you had stopped by. Thanks for that. A little summer break turned into half a year. Things at your place still look great, first class, actually. I have a box of pink grapefruit in the garage that I think I'll break out this weekend to try my hand at making a "Cottage Cocktail". Have a great rest of week...k

  30. Steve,

    Thanks for your comment and advise, I'm new to this world so it is appreciated. Piano piano slowly slowly as we say here in Italy, I'll get there.


  31. Yum! Grapefruit...vodka? What is there not to love. Happy New Year! Bonnie

  32. If you could find the Rio Star grapefruit to use, I'll bet your martini would really be fine. This is a red grapefruit from south Texas, just coming in this time of year, big and meaty, and very juicy. It's always great with something salty on the side.

  33. I'm going to a Martini party this month....I think we will try this one. Its sounds so good.....yum!

  34. Thank you for the wonderful Brunch idea!! I like this WAY better than offering a pitcher of Mimosas.

  35. I'm thinking that a drink like that would be a great flu-prevention answer. I may have to start having a few of these!

  36. Looks very refreshing!! It fends off colds you say? I must try it then. Pretty chilly here lately in Texas & I don't need a cold standing in my way of starting off the New Year right!

  37. You are too cool, Steve. I bet the rosemary syrup is divine. Wonder if you could make a slushie/slurpee using snow and your syrup? It's STILL snowing here in central OR; I've got to find a good use for this stuff!

  38. Running out the door to buy pink grapefruit!! Sounds wonderful. Happy St. Stephen's/New Years!! Looking forward to another year of (no contest) THE best photography in blogland. Best,


  39. Wowsa! Hand me a drink. Grapefruit is one my favorite things on this earth, and when it's fresh-squeezed with vodka, sugar, and rosemary? Heaven.

    I'm trying this one for sure.