Strawberry Grapefruit Spritzer
for the coulis
2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled and halved
1/4 cup confectioner’s sugar
1/2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Place strawberries, confectioner’s sugar, and lemon juice in the work bowl of your food processor or blender and pulse until completely smooth.
Pour the mixture through a fine mesh strainer and refrigerate until ready to use.
Coulis will last refrigerated for up to a week.
for the grapefruit syrup
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup water
2 3-inch peels grapefruit zest*
In a small saucepan, combine granulated sugar, water, and grapefruit zest. Place over medium heat and stir until the sugar has completely dissolved. Bring the syrup to a boil, then remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature. Strain to remove grapefruit peels.
Syrup will last refrigerated for up to a week.
*Use a vegetable peeler to carefully remove strips of grapefruit zest, being watchful to avoid peeling away the white pith, as this will make your syrup bitter.
1 cup fresh grapefruit juice
1 cup sparkling water
fresh strawberries, for garnish (optional)
In a 1-liter pitcher, combine grapefruit juice and cooled grapefruit syrup; stir to combine. Top with sparkling water and stir gently.
Cook's Note: While the grapefruit juice and syrup can be mixed in advance and refrigerated, do not add the sparkling water until just before you are ready to serve the drinks.
Place three tablespoons of coulis in the bottom of each glass and top with plenty of ice. Fill to the top with grapefruit-ade (about 1/2 cup). Serve each drink with a straw or spoon for stirring and garnish with a fresh strawberry.