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Raspberry Grapefruit Daiquiri | Summer Soirée

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Raspberry Grapefruit Daiquiri | Summer Soirée

Raspberry Grapefruit Daiquiri | A Summer Soirée

June 14, 2018

Foreword: A message to a friend

Everyday, there are so many causes for celebration, but the one we are most familiar with is the commemoration of a new life on our planet. Today, my post is dedicated to my best friend since the 8th grade, the one and only Lena Zhou. 

When I think of Lena, the first word that comes to my mind is thriving. No matter where she is, or what situation she is put through, I can always see her living her best life. She has inspired me in so many ways, I don't think I can mention them all in just a few paragraphs. But most importantly, she has shown me how true friends treat each other. She has taught me to focus on the positive things in life and to approach life with lots of zest. She has even inspired me to explore my own sense of fashion, to explore options outside of black, white, and grey (lmfao). 

The Soirée of a Lifetime aka "The Pregame"

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Although I won't be able to see Lena until Mid-July, I promise you that this summer we will have THE soirée of the summer, complete with all the vegan party options you can think of. In other words, the pre-game will be lit.

To me, there are certain things that simply must be present at a house party. Other than good food & better company, I believe drinks are crucial to a successful party. Especially with summer in full swing (at least in Texas), I'm constantly thinking of ways to cool off while soaking in all that summer fun. And honestly, what better way to do so than to throw a party with your friends.

Fortunately, dealing with drinks for a party can be quite simple in both creation & execution. Making drinks requires less technical skill $ knowledge than cooking or baking, making it a perfect task for those with little or no experience in the kitchen. Typically, drinks consist of four components: the alcohol, a sweet component, a sour component, and other flavor additions. As far as flavor combinations go, that's really up to you! Be creative and your combinations are limitless! 

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The Shake

This drink is a recipe I wanted to dedicate to you because without your inspiration and support, Brad & Butter would never have been possible. It only seems right to have your presence on the blog. I think you'll find that this drink is an accurate representation of you and your personality. A daiquiri's simplicity makes it well liked by everyone (true), the zest from the grapefruit in this recipe really shines (true), and the brilliant red is sure to attract attention from all over (true).

Thank you for being who you are, and for being a part of my life. Your presence is a blessing upon mine and I am so grateful for everything that you are. Here's to all the memories we have made with each other so far and to the many more we are bound to make. 

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Cheers, 

Bradley

 

Ingredients

For the Raspberry Grapefruit Daiquiri

  • 1 + 1/2 oz of silver rum

  • 1 oz of fresh grapefruit juice

  • 1/4 oz of simple syrup

  • 4-5 fresh raspberries

  • 1/2 tsp of cracked black pepper (optional)

  • Ice

To garnish

  • Fresh raspberries
  • Grapefruit wedges
  • Cracked black pepper (optional)

Raspberry Grapefruit Daiquiri

  1. Fill your serving glasses with ice and set aside.

  2. In a shaker, combine the rum, grapefruit juice, simple syrup, and raspberries. Muddle the mixture until the raspberries release their juices. 

  3. Fill the mixer with ice and shake until cold and condensation forms on the mixer.

  4. Strain into the prepared glass and garnish with some freshly cracked black pepper, raspberries, and grapefruit wedges.

  5. Cheers!