The Perfectly Pink Grapefruit Mojito
Romantic and sweet, with a bit of a bite — treat yourself and your sweetheart to a delightfully unexpected cocktail this Valentine’s Day with a Grapefruit Mojito.
The addition of Ruby Red Grapefruit, a winter citrus known for being especially juicy in January and February, puts a seasonally-appropriate spin on a drink most often associated with hot summer days and balmy Cuban beaches. A splash of champagne adds a touch of elegance, resulting in the perfect sip for any Valentine’s Day fete.
Grapefruit Mojitos for Two
- 2 teaspoons fine sugar
- 1 fresh lime, cut into 8 wedges
- 1 fresh ruby red grapefruit, cut into quarters
- 4 sprigs mint
- 1/2 cup white rum
- 2 cups club soda
- 2 cups crushed ice
- Splash of champagne (optional)
Start by dividing the fine sugar equally between two 12-ounce glasses. Squeeze juice from the lime and grapefruit into a bowl, then filter through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds and pulp. Divide the juice between each glass, then top with 2 sprigs of mint per serving. Using a muddler or spoon, mash the sugar, juice, and mint together in the bottom of the glass. Fill each glass halfway with crushed ice. Add rum and club soda, then stir. Top each mojito with a splash of champagne, if desired. Garnish with a thinly cut lime wedge or grapefruit slice and enjoy.