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.
- 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
- 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
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