If you like grapefruit juice for breakfast, you’ll love grapefruit martinis for happy hour. I’ve been a fan of grapefruit juice forever, but I’d never had a grapefruit martini until that fateful day.
It all started with a broken refrigerator…
At 6:40 a.m. on May 2, 2021, we were ready to pull out of the RV park in Kanab, Utah for the 2-day, 670-mile journey home to Monument, Colorado. I offered to get Jim a coffee drink since we hadn’t taken time to make coffee. When I opened the refrigerator, the door came off in my hands! This was the fourth time an RV trip has been impacted by a problem with this Norcold refrigerator in our 2019 Winnebago Vista LX. (The first time we had a problem with this refrigeration is number 8 on my Top 10 One-Butt Kitchen Mistakes.)
Since were traveling with friends, we were able to distribute the food between several coolers and their refrigerator. We’d planned to break up that 2-day drive with 2 nights at Sylvan Lake State Park near Eagle, Colorado. I cancelled that reservation. On the morning we were heading home, neighbors warned us a several inches of slushy snow was accumulating in our driveway due to a spring snow storm. We arranged to park our rig in front of Jim’s brother’s house near Denver overnight while waiting for the snow to melt in our driveway.
Then things got better…
Shortly after we were settled in at Mark and Dana’s house, he offered to make grapefruit martinis. While I savored that delicious drink, I thought about all the things that went right during this comedy of errors:
- The door came off while we were parked. Can you imagine the destruction and chaos if it had fallen off when we drove over a rough patch of pavement on the interstate?
- I was able to balance the door on the ledge, rather than having the door fall on my feet. Ouch! That would have hurt!
- When I cancelled our reservation at Sylvan Lake, they gave us a full refund even though the policy stated there would be a 1-day cancellation fee.
- While it was snowing at our house, the roads were clear for our drive through the mountains. It may be the first time ever there was more snow at our house in Monument (elevation 7,500 feet) than on Vail Pass (elevation 10,666 feet). The snow in our driveway was entirely gone when we got home the next day.
- Due to this little misadventure, we got to spend time with Mark and Dana, which is always a great fun. In addition to introducing us to a new drink, they also fed us delicious food.
All of this explains why I have a new name for grapefruit martinis. Grateful martinis! Every time I have one, I am reminded of how much I have to be grateful for.
Grapefruit Martinis (a.k.a Grateful Martinis)
Active time: 5 minutes Total time: 5 minutes
Specialized One-Butt Kitchen Utensils
- To make a batch that serves 8, I use this Rubbermaid 1 Quart Pitcher. Marks on the sides show ounces and millimeters so it’s easy to measure the ingredients as you pour.
- If you want to squeeze your own grapefruits, this Electric Citrus Juicer can do the job.
- For James Bond-style martinis — shaken, not stirred — use a Martini Shaker and some Unbreakable Acrylic Martini Glasses.
- If you prefer them over ice, serve the martinis in Unbreakable Cocktail Glasses.
- 2 cups ruby red grapefruit juice
- 1 cup grapefruit vodka
- 1 cup St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- Lots of ice
Pour the ingredients into a pitcher and shake to combine. (Make sure the lid is on tight!)
To serve in the traditional martini style, pour a serving or two of martinis into a martini shaker with plenty of ice and shake for about 10 to 15 seconds. Strain the martini into a glass.
To serve over ice — the way I like them — fill the glass with ice (crushed ice if you have it). Pour the martini.
Enjoy and be grateful!