Grapefruit Soda... or Cocktail?

Grapefruit was a "new food" discovery for me this year. It's truly a shame I've gone twenty-three years of my life without enjoying the tartness of a ripe grapefruit, but at least this matter has been remedied. Now I can't leave the grocery store without a few of these in tow. I can often be spotted in the kitchen with a small spoon in hand, digging into a grapefruit, and spraying juice on everything in a two foot vicinity.

No one warned me I'd need to shower after breakfast.

Invariably, when you eat enough grapefruits, the wheels begin spinning on what you can create with them (or maybe that's just me). When the idea to make grapefruit soda popped into my head, I actually thought it was an original idea. A true inspiration sent down from the grapefruit gods. After excitedly going on about it to my boyfriend, he casually pointed out that grapefruit soda has existed since the dawn of soda's time.

Apparently I'm not as well versed in soda as I thought.

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Despite this disheartening news, I set out to make my own version of grapefruit soda regardless. Using the juice from a couple grapefruits and a lemon, I combined it with lemon-lime soda to add fizz and balance out the tartness of the citrus. Oh, is it dreamy. After a long day at work, I added a shot of vodka to the mix and it turned the simple grapefruit soda into a fun cocktail.

It's light, just tart, and lip-smackingly refreshing.

This grapefruit soda is simple to make, but produces a result that outshines anything from a can. The grapefruit flavor is lovely and pronounced, with the lemon to add just the right zing. It can be kept as a soda to share with children during sunny afternoons or made into a brilliant cocktail to enjoy as the sun begins to set. Garnish with lemon slices and ice for a drink that tastes of a cool breeze.

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Grapefruit Soda/Cocktail

Yields 4 servings

2 pink grapefruit, juiced
1 lemon, juiced
Pinch of salt
Vodka (optional)
Lemon-lime soda
Ice (optional)

In a pitcher, combine the grapefruit juice, lemon juice, and salt. Run the juice through a strainer to remove any pulp.

Fill glasses with ice, then half full with grapefruit juice, top off with a shot of vodka (if desired), and fill the rest of the way to the top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with lemon slices. Absolutely refreshing!