Winter is not my favorite season. I’d much rather it be summertime…all the time. I’m not ignorant to the fact that the cooler fall and winter months bring beautiful foliage, fruit, and vegetables though. What I do love is the trees that bring us sweet fruit and our one yellow rose bush. Our grapefruit and orange trees bear fruit every year. We also have a small rose bush that yields flowers right in front of my bedroom window. There are gardening tips that we should definitely employ to make sure that these trees are in tip top shape. But you know what the funny thing is? All I do is take from the trees and yet they continue to produce foliage. How awesome creation truly is?!
Yesterday, the weather was pleasant and I got the kids outside. We started picking some of our fruit and foliage. It’s so important for kids to get outside and learn about nature. During the few minutes outside, the kids and I talked about where fruit trees come from, how to pick fruit from trees, and how to tell if the fruit is ripe. We couldn’t reach a lot of the fruit so I’ll have to get the ladder on the next go round.
As soon as I got inside my brain went into overdrive as to what I could make with the grapefruit. They were so ripe! Sweet and a little bitter. The juice runs down the side of your mouth as you bite into slices. Perfect! It didn’t take me long to figure out that a cocktail would be great with some fresh grapefruit juice. One of our favorite cocktails to make is Moscow Mules, so I figured a variation of that recipe would work well. Here’s how we pulled it off.
I always chill my copper mugs in the freezer about 15 minutes before I want to use them. The same for the ginger beer. It’s not a required step but if you’re going to have a cocktail – do it the right way. Temperature matters a ton when you’re talking about alcohol. Ice cold is important as well as room temperature. It just depends on what you’re drinking. In addition to chilling the ginger beer and copper mugs, I also squeezed 4 ounces of grapefruit juice. My grapefruits are really large and this was basically done with half of the fruit. This allowed me to make at least 2 drinks. Everything else is mixed right into the mug filled with ice.
Grapefruit Moscow Mule
- 2 ounces of grapefruit juice
- 2 ounces of Vodka
- 1/2 ounce of lime juice
- 4 ounces of ginger beer
*Garnish with grapefruit slices, lime, and mint.
We were pleasantly surprised that this variation of a Moscow Mule was very tasty. It really balances out the ginger beer well. I really like grapefruit but Brandon doesn’t. He actually still really enjoyed the drink. So, even if you’re not a fan of grapefruits, you should still give this Mule a try.
Though I don’t love this current fall, almost winter season. I’m thankful for all the beautiful foliage, fruit, and food that it brings along. I’m also thankful for the opportunity to teach my children about all these things as well. It really doesn’t get that cold in Louisiana so I don’t know what I’m complaining about. I just love summer. Sorry fall.
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