This is so addictive. Pink grapefruit cordial mixed with soda water, it’s the perfect pre-dinner drink. Just get some.
Bickfords pink grapefruit cordial
Garnish with slice of pink grapefruit and sugar-rimmed glass
Decorate the glass by pressing the rim of the glass into your grapefruit to wet it (or a lemon, or water, if you don’t have one)
Then press the rim into a plate of sugar, to make pretty
Fill glass halfway with ice cubes
Prepare your soda water – either bottled, or fizz it in a sodastream
Add cordial and soda water to taste – roughly 1 part cordial to 4 parts water
Garnish with a slice of grapefruit.
Woolworths, Coles and specialty stores all now have fantastic ranges of fruit cordials these days.
I started taking cordials seriously after discovering a ginger and rhubarb cordial at an exotic deli in Crows Nest and then discovered the pleasures of elderflower and pomegranate cordial from Woolies! Discovering this pink grapefruit flavour was a happy day, as I’ve always loved pink grapefruit, since having a tree in the backyard growing up. Heavenly!
Others have like this, but maybe I was a little heavy handed with the vanilla. A poor second to the honey blackberry mint mocktail. This recipe was based on https://www.lafujimama.com/blackberry-vanilla-mocktail/, with its beautiful imagery.
1/3 cup fresh blackberries
Juice from 1/2 a lemon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon honey
Muddle the blackberries, lemon juice, vanilla and honey, in the bottom of a glass
Pour mixture through a fine mesh strainer, and again through a coffee filter until clear
Pour over ice, and fill glass with soda water
Garnish with fresh blackberries and mint leaves
It really depends on the ingredients. I think this vanilla extract was quite strong, compared to the standard vanilla essence, and I put a bit too much in, overpowering everything else.
It looked nice, after muddling, but you could still smell the vanilla strangely.
Persevered and made it, but somehow it wasn’t quite there.
Check out the honey blackberry mint mocktail instead.
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