So here we are again, another sunny summer weekend. I still have loads of citrus left from a bulk purchase at the market (it was so cheap!), and I wanted to share this recipe for a refreshing summer drink with a twist!
Grilling the citrus fruit caramelizes the sugar, and adds a slightly smokey and complex flavor to the drink. Adding fresh mint adds a nice cool finish.
If you are looking for something a little different for your weekend brunch drinks, give this a try!
Grilled Citrus Cooler
A refreshing summer drink with grilled oranges and grapefruits for a summery twist!
- 4 medium-large naval oranges peels partially removed and sliced across into segments
- 1 large grapefruit peels partially removed and sliced across into segments
- 3 handfuls mint leaves washed and chopped
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tbsp honey
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 500 ml sparkling water
- 2 tbsp castor sugar optional
In a large non-stick pan, sear or grill the orange and grapefruit slices over medium-high heat until slices are nicely browned on each side.
When it looks like the pan is getting too brown, add a few tablespoons of water to deglaze, scrape off the bits and pour off into bowl for later.
In a mixing bowl use a wooden spoon to muddle the mint and grilled citrus with salt. Focus on crushing the flesh, not the skin as crushing the skin will make the drink more bitter.
Add deglazed water, and pass through a sieve to obtain drink mix. Combine drink mix with honey to form the base concentrate.
To serve, mix base concentrate with sparkling water, and serve with lots of ice, slices of citrus peel and more fresh mint.
If desired reserve one slice of grilled citrus and 2 tbsp castor sugar in another bowl. Squeeze citrus slice over the rim of your drinking glass, then dip the rim of your glass into sugar to form a sugar rim around your drinking glass.
- No additional oil or sugar is required. However, you may coat the slices with sugar if desired.
- The drink concentrate can be made ahead of time and kept in the fridge. Add sparkling water and ice right before serving.
- Adjust the sweetness to your taste by adding or reducing the honey used in the recipe.
- Grapefruit can be bitter, if you find the drink is too bitter for your liking, try omitting the grapefruit, or peeling off the skin completely before browning the fruit.
This drink is pretty simple to make, and is sure to impress your brunch guests with its vibrant flavors and colors!