Winter Refreshment: Grapefruit, Maple, Mint Spritzer


Getting a little weary of the hot chocolate by now?  Me too.  I am so looking forward to spring and those first buds to appear.  But, until then, we will have to create our own bit of sunshine.  And, that I did with this light, fresh tasting and downright sunny burst of citrus, maple and mint.

Refresh in seconds with this easy and delightful spritzer! Tap here for the simple, healthy recipe: grapefruit, mint and maple spritzer.

I chose one of my favorite sweeteners and seasonal fruits when making this.  This is really refreshing, really quick and contains lots of vitamin C to keep those lingering flu and cold germs away.

Be sure to check out the three other recipe ideas you can make with this, too -- so actually this is four recipes for you with one delicious syrup -- not bad!



Grapefruit, Mint, Maple Spritzer


You could choose another citrus if you are not a fan of grapefruit.  If you go that route, I would cut back a bit on the maple syrup then so that it is not too sweet.

Gather
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 cups of segmented organic pink grapefruit pieces and their juice
  • juice of half a large lime or the juice of a small one
  • 4 or 5 fresh mint leaves and save a sprig or two for garnish
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • Sparkling water or plain water
Now do this


  • Combine water, grapefruit segments, lime juice, mint leaves, and maple syrup into a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 5-10 minutes for the flavors to meld.
  • Remove from heat and pour contents into a large strainer sitting on top of a bowl.  
  • Press the grapefruit and mint leaves in the mesh strainer to extract the flavors. 
  • Optional step for a thicker and more concentrated consistency: Return the strained liquid to the saucepan.  Depending on how much juice you have, simmer the contents for 5-10 minutes or until the liquid reaches a thin syrup consistency.  
  • Place in a jar and allow to cool in the refrigerator.
  • To make a spritzer, add a few tablespoons of the syrup to iced sparkling (or plain) water. Stir well.  Garnish with mint.







Three Other Ways to Use Grapefruit, Mint Syrup


Don't waste any remainder!  Here are a few other ideas of what you could do with any syrup that is leftover. 

1.  Swish up an interesting salad dressing.  Add some olive oil, a dash of salt and pepper, a bit of garlic and a teaspoon or two of sherry vinegar and you have a nice dressing for a bed of greens. 

2.  Make a breakfast on the fly. Pour the syrup over some plain organic Greek yogurt and you are out the door!

3.  Dip your favorite grilled item.  Add a crushed garlic clove, some salt and pepper, some more lime, a dash of sesame oi and a sprinkle of black sesame seeds to make a great dipping sauce for some grilled vegetables, chicken or other favorite grilled item.


photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/thecampbells/3497759488/">shawncampbell</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/">cc</a>
mint: photo credit: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/darwinbell/483675276/">Darwin Bell</a> via <a href="http://photopin.com">photopin</a> <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/">cc</a>

2 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Kathleen! It is so simple and a nod to the season just around the corner!

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