Makes two cocktails
Ginger Allspice Simple Syrup:
— 1 cup sugar
— 1 teaspoon whole allspice berries
— 2-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and coarsely chopped
Combine the sugar, 1 cup water, allspice, and ginger in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook until the sugar is completely melted. Remove from the heat and let steep for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Strain into a small bowl, cover and refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.
Garnish with a sliced grapefruit and serve immediately.
— 1 grapefruit, segmented and pith removed
— 1 lime, cut into wedges
— 1 ounce Ginger Allspice Simple Syrup, recipe above
— 4 ounces vodka
— 2 ounces fresh lime juice
— Cold Club Soda
1. Muddle the grapefruit segments and lime wedges in the bottom of a cocktail shaker with a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon.
2. Add the vodka, lime juice and simple syrup and fill it three quarters of the way full with ice. Stir and taste for balance. Add more simple syrup as needed. Shake until it is very cold, then evenly divide between two cocktail glasses filled with ice.
3. Top with sparkling water to taste. Garnish with a sliced grapefruit and serve immediately.