Our cozy Hawaiian plantation-style home, came with a welcome surprise. Growing in our backyard, is a lovely grapefruit tree.
Well, as you might expect on the “Garden Island”, everything grows, and grows really large, and keeps on growing. Including the ruby red grapefruit from our lovely tree.
Last time my big son, Isaiah, was here, we plucked quite a few fruits from this giving tree. Then together, we juiced them, and then added vodka. Little did we know, we had made the classic highball cocktail, known as the Greyhound.
This lovely giving tree, provides an abundance of some of the largest, sweetest, ruby red grapefruit I have ever seen. So, yesterday, when my cousin, Karen visiting from Sacramento, stopped by with friends, Pat and Hazel, I thought it my hostess duty to juice, and share this fresh squeezed cocktail with them.
Leisurely sipping our fresh squeezed Greyhounds poolside, joyfully became several hours of midday, girl time fun. We each enjoyed two, fresh squeezed Greyhounds, and I watched in amazement as Pat knitted a sock!
Here’s my fresh squeezed cocktail recipe:
- Fill one highball (tall glass) with ice cubes
- Add one shot glass (1-1/2 ounces) of Vodka (I used Grey Goose, but your favorite will be just fine)
- Fill up with fresh squeezed ruby red grapefruit juice (fresh squeezed is vital here for vibrant, fresh, flavor)
- Give it a stir and serve
That’s it! A nice, healthy dose of vitamin C and a seriously fresh and tasty cocktail.
Michael, who was a bartender for a decade before I met him, tells me if you salt the rim, it becomes a Salty Dog! Next time, I shall try salting the dog.
jungle yard is graced with many other fruit giving trees and plants…Coconuts, Bananas, Pineapples, Papayas, Meyer Lemons, Oranges, and Tangerines.
Most of them harvest year-round, so I have a feeling I’ll be making some more fruity concoctions in the near future…stay tuned.
Cheers and Mahalo to our wonderful Giving Tree!