Packed with nutrients such as vitamin C, lycopene, and potassium, grapefruit is commonly overlooked for its potential source of vitamins because of its astringent bitter taste. Always stocked at the dining hall in large amounts, only a few college students will reach for this drink, while the rest of us will opt for the better-tasting orange or apple juice. It would be a shame to miss out on all the important nutrients simply because of its strong taste; to reduce the after-taste of grapefruit juice, I added a bit of honey and some water to dilute it.
A squeeze of lime juice also helps to reduce the bitterness of the juice. If you don’t have limes, lemons would also work.
5 oz grapefruit juice (chilled)
1 oz hot water
1 oz orange juice
1 tsp honey
1 slice of lime
1/2 tsp brown sugar, packed
Pinch of black pepper (optional)
Take the slice of lime and run it around the edge of the glass. Turn the glass upside down and place it on a plate containing the brown sugar. (The brown sugar should stick to the wet rim.) Pour the warm water and the honey in the glass and stir with a spoon. Place the grapefruit juice in the glass and continue stirring. Once the honey has dissolved, add a few drops of lime juice and place the lime wedge on the rim of the glass.
If you have a zester handy, you could add a bit of lime zest on top for some added pop of color. The black pepper also helps with digestive issues and a little bit goes a long way. I don’t have a scientifically proven article to back that last statement up–my only reason for passing this advice on to you is because my mom has always told me to do so. 🙂