Summer is nearing it’s last breath. Now is the time to pack in those summer things that have almost slipped away and look eagerly toward autumn. It’s all I can do to keep from making pumpkin things constantly. My mind drifts to crunching leaves, crisp air, open windows and comforting sweaters.
However, it’s still August and in celebration of our first California summer, I made a refreshing drink. There is always some sort of citrus in season here, and we recently stopped in the middle of the street to pick up a large sack of grapefruit from a roadside stand. It is possibly the most amazing grapefruit to touch my lips. Extremely tart and bursting with flavor, I knew that it would be the perfect ending to our summer.
This agua fresca has the most amazing flavors in it. Made with no sugar, it resembles lemonade with a grapefruit-ginger twist and is extremely easy to make. The simple syrup has sweet raw honey and spicy fresh ginger. A sip of this drink is the perfect combination of tart, sweet and perfectly refreshing.
Invite a kindred spirit, make some agua fresca and take a little sip to enjoy the last days of summertime.
Recipe (adapted from here):
1/2-3/4 cup honey (depending on how sweet you like things)
3 cups water
2 inch knob ginger peeled and grated
5 large grapefruit, any variety (juices to about 10 cups)
To make simple syrup mix water, honey and ginger in a sauce pan and heat until it boils, stirring occasionally. Take off heat when honey has dissolved into water. Strain to get rid of the ginger chunks.
While water heats, juice your grapefruit. (Feel free to put some pulp in if you like.)
Pour simple syrup and grapefruit into a pitcher and let cool to room temperature.
Serve over ice and enjoy!