Inspired by my recent hobby of home brewing, I created a unique grapefruit hop syrup to experiment with. IPAs that have a strong grapefruit palette are my favorite. I’ve found that cascade and amarillo hops have a nice grapefruit and citrus profile to them and I wanted to try this flavor combination in cocktail recipes. Below are instructions to make your own syrup at home.
Step 1: Peel one grapefruit with a vegetable peeler. Scrape all white pith off with a serrated knife.
Step 2: Boil peels in one cup water and one cup sugar. Let it simmer for fifteen minutes.
Step 3: Add one quarter ounce of leaf hops. I like to use amarillo hops. Cook for five minutes.
Step 4: Let your syrup cool for about fifteen minutes or until cool. Double strain your syrup through a cheesecloth into a sterilized bottle. Your syrup can keep in the fridge for up to a month.
I’ve recently used the grapefruit hop syrup in this cocktail recipe inspired by the classic Lucien Guadin Cocktail. I’d love to know what creations you come up with. I think I’m going to try it in a Caipirinha. I think it will pair nicely with Cachaca.
- 1 1/2 oz Bluecoat Gin
- 3/4 oz Cocchi Americano
- 1/2 oz Campari
- 1/2 oz grapefruit hop syrup
- Garnish with a grapefruit twist
Stir all ingredients except the garnish with ice. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with the grapefruit twist.