I love bright cocktails with citrus fruits, especially grapefruit – sweet, sour, and bitter. However, the juice may be too sour to give you the grapefruit flavor you want. That’s where Grapefruit Bitters comes in.
It has a lot of grapefruit flavor but no sourness. A few squirts add some spice to your cocktail like a squirt of juice, but you don’t have to worry about keeping grapefruit on hand or adding too much sourness to your drink.
Hops are added to enhance the floral notes of grapefruit, balanced by earthy ginger and rich honey. These grapefruit Bitters are the only bitters sweetened with honey.
Grapefruit bitters do not represent this large but underutilized citrus fruit. The first sip immediately bursts with zesty breakfast fruit aromas, followed by bitter oils and classic spice on the tongue, followed by complex vegetable tones and a dry hop finish.
Bitter Truth Grapefruit Bitters are reminiscent of summer outdoors. These bitters are gentle on the nose and can resist harsh drinks. Grapefruit meets hops to create a fresh, bright citrus aroma that blends beautifully into carbonated and fruity drinks.
Best friends with gin, vodka, Blanco tequila, and light rum, these grapefruit bitters are a great ingredient in drinks that might otherwise be overly sweet.
Add a modern twist to a classic gin and tonic, add a spritz to a daiquiri or margarita, or add new complexity to a cocktail traditionally without bitterness.
Grapefruit bitters are a nice twist on the traditional orange bitters, some even adding an extent of hops and spices to enhance the flavor.
These are perfect for any drink made with fresh grapefruit juice, tequila, bitter citrus liqueurs such as Campari, or hoppy IPAs.
Grapefruit bitters are a bitter spirit used to add a robust grapefruit aroma to drinks and cocktails. Using different bitters will completely change the character of your cocktails, so if you want to put your own twist on a recipe, try testing with bitters! For example, use grapefruit bitters to make the Summertime Cookout, our summery twist on the classic Old Fashioned!
product information: 44% Alcohol by Volume
|vegan/BSE/TSE||no material of animal origin used|
|kosher classification||no (considered pareve)|
|calories||7 kcal by serving size 2,5ml (1/2 tsp)|
|energy value||1136 kJ/100g|
|fat (fat-saturated)||<0,1% (<0,01%)|
|carbohydrate (of which sugars)||2,07% (2,07%)|
Home-Made Grapefruit Bitters
Grapefruit bitters do double duty, adding bitterness and a touch of citrus flavor to cocktails. These bitters are especially good in fizzy drinks and tequila and gin cocktails.
Note: Herb shops sell cut gentian root, but you can also order it online from Lhasa Karnak Herb Company. Be sure to use chopped gentian root, not powder.
If 100% vodka is not available in your area, use standard 80% vodka. I use ruby red grapefruit, but feel free to use whatever variety you prefer. To make a simple syrup, place 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium-high heat, stirring constantly until the sugar dissolves. Cool before use. Simple syrups can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
- 1 1/2 cups 100-proof vodka
- Peeled zest from 1 grapefruit
- Peeled zest from 1 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon dried lavender blossoms
- 4 dried juniper berries
- 1 fresh sage leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon whole coriander seeds
- 1 1/2 teaspoons cut gentian root
- 1/4 cup light rum
- 2 ounces of simple syrup
How to Make Grapefruit Bitters
Mix grapefruit and lemon zest with vodka and place in a sealable jar. Seal and shake, then let the mixture soak overnight in a cool, dark place.
Add rum, lavender, coriander, juniper, sage, and gentian root. Cover and shake, then let this mixed mixture soak for 10-12 days in a cool, dark place.
Strain through a sieve lined with gauze. It is then filtered through a coffee filter and bottled. Pour the plain syrup into the bottle. Cap and shake, then leave for a day. Store at room temperature for up to 1 year.
Pairs well with gin, vodka, tequila, wine spritzers, champagne cocktails, and floral aperitifs such as Lillet, Saint-Germain, and classic dry vermouth.
Following are a few of the frequently asked questions that you may also want to ask, so don’t worry.
Grapefruit bitters are bitter spirits used to add a concentrated grapefruit flavor to drinks and cocktails. Using different bitters completely changes the character of the cocktail. If you want your own twist to the recipe, try bitters.
On the palate, ruby red grapefruit and a hint of ginger are balanced by bitter herbs, with a hint of hops and zero sweetness. Grapefruit Bitters & Soda is a refreshing and bitter aperitif, perfect for warm evenings or sunny afternoons with friends and family.
Another bitter substitute? All types of amaro, a family of bitter-tasting Italian herbal liqueurs (amaro is the Italian word for bitter), including a wide range of spirits, including Campari and ultra-bitter Fernet Blanca. Fernet is very strong, so just use a few drops.
Substances with a bitter taste stimulate salivation and aid digestion. Release gastric juice. The stomach contains various chemicals such as pepsin and stomach acid that help break down food. Bitter substances can trick the stomach into releasing more gastric juice.
Bitter-tasting compounds stimulate the liver by helping to eliminate and detoxify toxins, regulate sugar and fat metabolism, and help release hormones that support the gallbladder, such as cholecystokinin (CCK).
Grapefruit bitters will become your go-to in any get-together or party once you try them out and they go very well along with nachos, tacos, and all other things you eat at a party.
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