The cocktail itself was inspired by this pink daiquiri recipe, which is a pretty classic drink. You can find similar recipes all over the internet, however, you will be so pleasantly surprised at how adding the broiled grapefruit juice to this drink deepens the flavor beautifully.
For the Broiled Grapefruit Juice
large pink grapefruit, halved
light brown sugar
pinch of cayenne pepper
Preheat broiler to high.
Place grapefruit on a rimmed baking sheet, cut side up. Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar, cinnamon and cayenne pepper. Broil for about 4 minutes or until sugar is bubbling and the grapefruit is fragrant. Allow fruit to cool.
Juice grapefruit. Strain through sieve to remove solids. Use a spoon to press out as much of the juice and spice as you can through the sieve. Store extra juice in the fridge.
For the Daiquiri
white rum (I used Captain Morgan White Rum)
broiled grapfruit juice
Maraschino liqueur (I used Luxardo)
pink grapefruit slice for garnish
Maraschino cherry for garnish
Fill a Boston shaker with ice. Add rum, broiled grapefruit juice and maraschino liqueur. Stir with a cocktail spoon until chilled. Double strain into cocktail glass. Garnish with grapefruit slice and maraschino cherry.
Watch the broiling grapefruit carefully to be sure that the sugar doesn't burn. You want a good caramelization, but not a char.
Allow the grapefruit to cool for a bit before trying to juice it - I was a bit to eager to get moving on this step and learned the hard way that the broiler can make the juice of the grapefruit quite sizzly in a very short amount of time.
I tried shaking and stirring this cocktail, and found that the stirring resulted in a better mouth feel (I hate that term, but honestly, it's what it was).
Double strain! Use a straining and pour the cocktail through a fine meshed sieve as well. It makes sure all of the little grapefruit bits don't float around your lovely blushing cocktail.
The broiled grapefruit makes enough juice for several cocktails. Strain all the juice and store the rest in your fridge for another day (or make a cocktail to share with a friend!)