“I couldn’t help but think that — as is the case with fresh-squeezed orange juice — [this] tonic would stand up well to a slug of vodka.” –John T. Edge, about Nancye Benson’s “Grapefruit Fizz” (from the Moxie Rx trailer, RIP) in The Truck Food Cookbook
Well, once John T. put it out there, we just couldn’t stop thinking about adding that slug of vodka. So we decided to try it, and used our BEA-weary friends in the publishing world as our guinea pigs when we served it alongside the spread of snacks at the annual Workman Open House party. Long story made short, it was a success. Adding a healthy splash of alcohol proved a worthy endeavor, and by popular demand, here’s the recipe (we’ll leave it to you to add the vodka and multiply the recipe as desired):
3 basil leaves
2 teaspoons agave nectar
2 pints soda water
Juice the grapefruit and add the basil. Pour the mixture into a blender and whir until the basil is pulverized. While the blender is running, add the agave nectar. Place ice in 2 pint glasses. Pour the grapefruit juice mixture over the ice, dividing it evenly between the 2 glasses. Top each serving with soda water, setting the remaining soda water aside for another use. Quaff.
Happy Monday from your friends at Workman!