Grapefruit + Mint Spritzer.

If you’re looking for a light and refreshing beverage full of flavor, you’ll love this simple how-to recipe for mixing your own Grapefruit and Mint Spritzer. Full of bubbly effervescence, this drink is great for a brunch as it’s beautiful in color and with the mint garnish.

During the summer months, there’s nothing like a tall glass of ice cold water to quench your thirst. But if I am ever craving more flavor, this spritzer is a drink that satisfies my thirst and flavor palette on those hot and humid days.

There’s just something about how mint compliments citrus that makes this drink so delicious to me. When I used to visit my Grandmother as a child, she would make homemade lemonade and add in a few mint leaves to my glass. This citrus + mint combo is one that I love to recreate in different drinks, especially during the summer time. She actually had a grapefruit tree growing right out side her front door (in South Florida) and we’d often times walk right outside and pick one for breakfast in the morning.

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I love using the mint simple syrup recipe in this spritzer because it adds the perfect amount of sweetness to the spritzer’s tang and fizz. For an even mintier flavor, enjoy this spritzer over fresh mint ice cubes. You could even take this one up a notch and turn it into a cocktail by substituting the seltzer water with Prosecco. But I just love styling with these Boylan Seltzers, they’re so well designed, tasty and have some fun cane sugar beverages (and more).

Grapefruit and Mint Spritzer by heirloomed

Grapefruit + Mint Spritzer

Yield: 6-8
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Nothing says refreshing like a tall glass of this grapefruit + mint spritzer. Try as-is on a hot day or jazz it up for a summer cocktail party.

ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar 
  • 1 cup fresh mint leave, torn
  • 4 pink grapefruits, juiced (approx. 2 cups of juice)
  • Club soda
  • Fresh grapefruit wedge + mint for garnish

instructions:

How to cook Grapefruit + Mint Spritzer

  1. In a small saucepan on high heat, combine water and sugar until sugar dissolves completely. Bring to a simmer and remove heat. 
  2. Stir in mint leaves then set aside to steep and cool for 1-2 hours. 
  3. Strain mint leaves from syrup & discard the leaves. 
  4. Juice grapefruits into a small pitcher and refrigerate until you're ready to use. 
  5. Add 1/4 cups of grapefruit juice, 2 tablespoons of mint syrup, and ice to a glass. Top off with club soda and garnish. Enjoy!
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This is such an easy drink recipe I like to make to enjoy with my kids in our backyard, but it is also such an easy recipe to jazz up for a summer cocktail party with a splash of vodka or gin. Let me know how you make this spritzer in the comments below.

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Frozen Key Lime Pie.

If I had a top 5 list of my all-time favorite desserts I do believe this one would be at the very top. Not just any Key Lime Pie will do, I love our family recipe the best but I think that’s just the way it goes when it comes to recipes you’ve grown up enjoying through the years.

My Grandparents lived in South Florida for many years and had small key lime tree right outside their front door. We would go out and gather the teeny little key limes right off her tree and then walk across the street on the shell-filled, sandy path to the beach while she stayed at the house to mix up a Key Lime Pie

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The recipe combines some of my favorite things in this life when it comes to desserts, a great graham cracker crust with just the perfect balance of spices, heavenly meringue, and what I love most about this version is that it is served straight from the freezer so it’s ultra-refreshing on a hot summer night.

And, of course, if there is one secret to making the best Key Lime Pie around you must remember that only real Key Limes will do when gathering your ingredients. The tiny little limes are the perfect tartness to balance the sweet flavors in the pie, something you can quite get from a regular grocery store lime. Juicing the teeny limes is a laborious process but well-worth it for the resulting flavor.

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Frozen Key Lime Pie

Yield: 8
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The tartness of the key limes pairs perfectly with the buttery graham cracker crust, making this the perfect summer treat.

ingredients:

For the Crust
  • 2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 3 TBSP unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
For the Filling
  • 15 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup key lime juice
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp grated key lime rind
  • 4 TBSP granulated sugar

instructions:

How to cook Frozen Key Lime Pie

For the Crust
  1. For your graham cracker pie shell, combine all crust ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl until well mixed. Spoon and press into the bottom + sides of pie plate and set aside. Reserve approximately 1/4 cup of crumb mixture for garnish.
For the Filling
  1. For pie filling, stir together sweetened condensed milk, key lime juice, key lime rind, and egg yolks until well blended.
  2. In a separate large bowl, beat egg whites until almost stiff enought to hold a peak, adding sugar gradually until stiff and glossy. Fold the meringue into lime mixture.
  3. Spoon mixture into your pie plate on top of graham cracker crust, spreading evenly to fill pie plate. Garnish with graham cracker crumb mixture and sliced key lime.
  4. Freeze for at least 1-hour before serving. Enjoy!
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heirloomed is a lifestyle brand with a mission of "keeping heirlooms around for another generation." Our blog features stories about family recipes, creating traditions with your family, interior design and entertaining by mixing new and vintage pieces, classic style, and small town + historic travel. Our shop features a collection of "goods inspired by the past, for generations to enjoy" with an array of products and meaningful gifts including linen apronstabletop linensartceramics and beyond. Learn more at www.heirloomedcollection.com