Citrus Beer Sangria

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Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

Guess what? I’m  not a real fan of beer. I’ve always wanted to be because its such a social drink. What do you order when you go out with friends? Beer. What do you drink when you’re watching the game? Beer. What do you see when you open the cooler? Beer. As many times as I’ve tried to like it, however, I’ve never enjoyed it as much as I want to.

Now, this is a real shame, especially since I live in the Pacific Northwest where there are more micro breweries per capita than anywhere else in the country. I don’t actually know this to be completely factual, but I’d be willing to make that claim in a bet.

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

I have found something beer related that I absolutely love, though: the beer cocktail. I saw an article at the end of last year that talked about the up and coming food trends and beer cocktails was on the top of the list. After making this Citrus Beer Sangria, I have a new found love for beer.

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

To me, most beers are rather bitter. Just like I can’t drink hard alcohol on its own, I absolutely love it when its mixed into a wonderful cocktail creation. Beer is no different. The trick is finding complimentary flavors to balance out the bitter, earthy, hop flavor of a good beer.

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

Traditional sangria combines fresh fruit muddled with hard alcohol and is later topped with something like wine. I followed the same basic principals with this recipe but chose grapefruit, orange, lemon and lime (all citrus) as my fruit, used vodka as my hard alcohol, and incorporated pineapple juice to add some sweet to all the tartness of fruit. Don’t get me wrong – this alone would have made a tasty treat. Once that beer was added, however, it took the cocktail to a whole new level. There were so many different flavors and notes that danced around with each taste.

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

I’m especially fond of pitcher drinks because they’re so easy when entertaining a crowd. Plus, have you ever seen a prettier drink than this one with all that fruit swimming around? I think we can all agree that the very best part of a good sangria is eating the fruit at the end. Yum!

Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!

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Beer cocktails are a fantastic way to incorporate beer to create tasty new adult beverages. This Citrus Beer Sangria that is sweet, bubbly, and refreshing!
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Baked Grapefruit

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If you’ve never enjoyed Baked Grapefruit, you’re in for a real treat. Follow this simple method and  enjoy grapefruit more than you ever thought you could.

If you've never enjoyed Baked Grapefruit, you're in for a real treat. Follow this simple method and  enjoy grapefruit more than you ever thought you could.

This post is a cross between a public service announcement and a recipe. You don’t really need a recipe to know how to make baked grapefruit. You basically put brown sugar on the grapefruit and broil it until nicely melted and the fruit is warmed through. I felt inclined to put it on my blog as a recipe, however, because I had never enjoyed a baked grapefruit until recently, and I loved it so much I figured I should share it with you.

If you've never enjoyed Baked Grapefruit, you're in for a real treat. Follow this simple method and  enjoy grapefruit more than you ever thought you could.

When I was a kid, I used to put so much white sugar on my grapefruit, I pretty much had grapefruit flavored sugar in my bowl. I used a lot. A LOT. My sisters and I were a bunch of sugar junkies. Fortunately, my kids have learned to love the wonderful tart taste of a grapefruit without never having put sugar on it. When I was a kid, I didn’t think that was possible. My kids love plain grapefruit, as they should!  When you warm fruit, however, it makes it even sweeter and juicier. When you add that bit of brown sugar and get it all warm and melty? Oh my, is it good. This takes your grapefruit to a whole new level. Try it. I promise you’ll love it.

If you've never enjoyed Baked Grapefruit, you're in for a real treat. Follow this simple method and  enjoy grapefruit more than you ever thought you could.

Baked Grapefruit
 
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If you've never enjoyed Baked Grapefruit, you're in for a real treat. Follow this simple method and enjoy grapefruit more than you ever thought you could.
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Recipe type: breakfast
Yields: 2 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Set broiler to high. Slice grapefruit in half and use a paring knife to separate the pieces for easy scooping. Spread 1 tablespoon of brown sugar onto each side. Place fruit in a baking dish that will collect any excess juices that spill over.
  2. Broil until sugar melts, about 5 minutes. Serve warm.

 

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Grapefruit Mimosa

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I make my Grapefruit Mimosa a little different than just combining champagne and grapefruit juice and the result is a sweet and flavorful pink cocktail.

I make my Grapefruit Mimosa a little different than just combining champagne and grapefruit juice and the result is a sweet and flavorful pink cocktail.

When you can go to Costco and pick up a bag of big, beautiful, juicy, vibrant pink grapefruits, you do two things. 1) Enjoy the fact that although its winter and a fresh berry is months away, the citrus is AMAZING this time of year and 2) Grapefruit Mimosas kick some serious ass. Now, you may know a mimosa as juice + champagne. Its my favorite way to enjoy orange juice, after all. But grapefruit juice, even a super sweet one, is too bitter when paired with champagne. That’s why I like to sweeten it up with a bit of simple syrup and add a hefty splash of Grand Marnier to really bring out the citrus notes. Now, the amount of simple syrup I put in this cocktail bordered on almost-too-sweet for my liking, but it was definitely lip smacking good.

I make my Grapefruit Mimosa a little different than just combining champagne and grapefruit juice and the result is a sweet and flavorful pink cocktail.

The result is a pretty and bubbly breakfast cocktail that is super easy to make a refreshing change from a plain old glass of orange juice. Enjoy!

I make my Grapefruit Mimosa a little different than just combining champagne and grapefruit juice and the result is a sweet and flavorful pink cocktail.

Grapefruit Mimosa
 
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I make my Grapefruit Mimosa a little different than just combining champagne and grapefruit juice and the result is a sweet and flavorful pink cocktail.
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Recipe type: cocktail
Yields: 1 cocktail
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce simple syrup
  • 1/2 ounce orange flavored liquor (I used Grand Marnier)
  • 2 ounces grapefruit juice
  • top with champagne
Instructions
  1. Make your simple syrup by combining equal volumes of water and granulated sugar in a sauce pot over medium heat, swirling until all of the sugar has dissolved. Cool and store in refrigerator.
  2. In a champagne flute, combine simple syrup with orange liquor. Add freshly squeeze grapefruit juice. Finally top with chilled champagne. Enjoy!

 

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Grapefruit Tequila Slammer

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Make a quick and easy cocktail with one of winter’s best fruits and enjoy a refreshing Grapefruit Tequila Slammer.

Grapefruit Tequila Slammer | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I’ve always loved grapefruit. Only difference is that when I was a kid, I used to (I kid you not) put a layer of sugar on my grapefruit that was about a quarter inch deep. I basically made myself some soupy grapefruit candy syrup. I’ve never put sugar on my kids’ grapefruit and they LOVE it!  How is it that when I was a kid, I thought this fruit was impossible to enjoy without 1000 calories of sweet floating on top?  Yet my children love the fruit by itself. I did the same thing to my Rice Krispies in the morning and put several spoonfuls of sugar on top of my morning cereal. How I got through childhood with an average weight and no early onset diabetes is a real miracle. The thought of eating that much sugar now just makes me ill.

Grapefruit Tequila Slammer | Self Proclaimed Foodie

I love me a beautiful juicy pulpy grapefruit. Its one of the many things I look forward to come winter time. I was trying to figure out what kind of drink I could make with grapefruit and I stumbled across a drink called a tequila slammer in which you have equal parts tequila and lemon lime soda. Its called a “slammer” because you’re supposed to leave some room at the top, cover the glass with your hand, and slam your glass down to release some of the bubbles and mix the drink. I liked the name, so I kept it. I also added a lot of pulpy grapefruit juice because I felt like it. The result was a refreshing bubbly cocktail that was super easy to make.

Grapefruit Tequila Slammer | Self Proclaimed Foodie

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Make a quick and easy cocktail with one of winter's best fruits and enjoy a refreshing Grapefruit Tequila Slammer.
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Recipe type: Drinks
Yields: 1 drink
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
  • 2 ounces silver tequila
  • 2 ounces lemon lime soda
  • garnish with additional grapefruit
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to glass with ice. To get it to fizz up and mix, cover top of glass with your hand and give it a good "slam" against the countertop (wood works better than stone if you enjoy drinks free of broken glass).
  2. Enjoy!

 

Make a quick and easy cocktail with one of winter’s best fruits and enjoy a refreshing Grapefruit Tequila Slammer.
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