A citrusy cocktail. Because I hate winter.

I felt like having a cocktail last night — a rare treat, with Pennsylvania's draconian liquor laws and my infamous, nonexistent tolerance — so Eric and I stopped at a spirits store during our day off errands.

I'm so over these polar vortex shenanigans. While my first instinct was to get some drink ingredients for something wintry, we were both totally over these cozy, wintry flavors. Anything butterscotch or caramel or pumpkin spice or peppermint would just be rubbing the cold misery in. I just wanted to have something seasonally inappropriate and distract myself from the fact that crying about the weather won't offer any relief, since the tears will just freeze on my face.

Like the sun emerging from dark storm clouds. GET IN MY BELLY.

We already had some grapefruit and some Rose's Grenadine. I like flavored vodkas (especially cake-flavored vodka) and wanted to try a new one. Eric's lack of enthusiasm for the cotton candy variety led to me picking Pinnacle's Strawberry Shortcake offering. It is super sweet, almost rendering a mixer unnecessary. Almost.

My experiment was delicious. The sweetness of the grenadine and the vodka goes great with the tartness of the fruit. All you need is the juice from half a grapefruit, 2 glugs of the flavored vodka (I can't be bothered to measure out ounces, so just put in a shot or two) and a splash of grenadine. Shake over ice and strain into a martini glass, and if you're feeling fancy, garnish it with a slice of grapefruit.

We tried another experiment, with whiskey and pureed blackberries, but the whiskey just overpowered the blackberries. I would have tried the blackberry puree in the strawberry shortcake vodka, but it instead went into some Greek yogurt.

Some lime chips, mango salsa, hummus and my grapefruit cocktail made the feels-like temperature feel like a minor concern.


  1. Mmmm this looks delicious, i never seen the Pinnacle Strawberry Shortcake liquor before, gotta try this.

  2. Oh YUM!!!!!!!!!! This sounds like a perfect drink for out at the pool!

  3. YUM! grapefruit is one of my favorite flavors...this looks so good!

    Vodka and Soda

  4. I really like them. This drink was nice and pulpy. I thought of adding ginger ale or something, but when I tasted it, it was so perfect as is.

  5. The frozen pool right now! Grr.

  6. This was the first of theirs that I've tried. There were so many flavors!

  7. I'm so so so over winter, too!!

  8. Looks like a yummy martini. Where's the sand and sea?