4 Grapefruit Recipes to Spice Up Your Next Brunch
It’s 2021, and with all of the stress of the pandemic, you deserve a little time to unwind. Why not start the new year off right with delicious Texas red grapefruit from Winter Sweetz for a juicy brunch?
Check out some of these yummy grapefruit recipes you can share with your family and friends that’ll spark up your next weekend Zoom get-together.
1. Sparkling Sage Grapefruit Cocktail
We’re always searching for new brunch recipes ideas, and when it comes to cocktails, we’re looking more for something simple, sippable, yet standout. So you can bet that this Sparkling Sage Grapefruit Cocktail is a recipe worth having for brunch!
To start, grab these ingredients:
- 3 ounces of your choice of vodka
- 7 ounces of chilled brut sparkling wine
- 4 ounces of freshly-squeezed Rio Red grapefruit juice
- 2 ounces elderflower liqueur
- 1 1/2 ounces simple syrup or homemade sage honey syrup
- A few fresh sage leaves and some half moons of Rio Red grapefruit for garnish
Then do this:
To begin, you’ll want to mix in the grapefruit juice, vodka, sparkling wine, elderflower liqueur, and simple (or honey syrup, if you’re using that) in a pitcher. Then, stir it all together to combine.
Now, fill each serving glass with ice, throw in a sprig of sage, and slip a half moon slice of grapefruit on to the rim. Finally, top it all off with your cocktail, serve, and enjoy.
Time: 5 minutes
Serves: 3 to 4
2. Balsamic Grapefruit and Avocado Toast
You only need a few minutes to whip up this Balsamic Grapefruit and Avocado Toast! This tasty tidbit is a quick and simple brunch recipe packed full of flavor, combining many great things in one place.
The tartness of the grapefruit cuts the sweetness and tang of the balsamic glaze. Add a little crunch from pistachios and creamy avocado and voilà!
Get the good stuff:
- 2 slices sandwich bread
- 1 avocado
- 1/2 a Rio Red grapefruit
- Balsamic glaze (or balsamic vinegar)
- 2 Tablespoons pistachios chopped
Take two slices of your favorite bread and toast it to your preferred level of toastiness. Don’t forget to cut the top and bottom of the grapefruit off, remove the rind, and appreciate all of those juicy segmentz that a Winter Sweetz Rio Red grapefruit has to offer.
Now cut out the segmentz with a slice on each side near the membranes. If you’re more of a visual learner, check out our video guide here.
When your grapefruit segmentz are free and your toast is nice and toasty, take half of an avocado and smash it on to the top side of each piece of toast, then top it with the grapefruit. And at long last, drizzle your dish with a little balsamic glaze (or balsamic vinegar if you don’t have any glaze on hand), and top with chopped pistachios and salt to taste.
Time: 5 minutes
3. Grapefruit Mint-Bellini
Bellinis are a zesty addition to a brunch with family and friends, and when you use fresh Texas red grapefruit juice with a hint of mint, you have a great new cocktail to ring in the new year. If you prefer a non-alcoholic version, you can use a non-alcoholic champagne or sparkling wine or just straight up, pure, fresh grapefruit juice by itself.
Begin by getting these ingredients:
- 2 to 3 cups freshly squeezed Winter Sweetz Texas red grapefruit juice
- 1 bunch fresh mint
- ½ cup sugar
- ½ cup water
- 1 bottle sparkling wine like champagne, prosecco, or cava.
- Some edible flowers for garnish (optional)
Then, make a simple syrup:
To make your simple syrup, just bring water and sugar to boil, and add a little mint to the saucepan for extra flavor. Simmer the combination for roughly 3 minutes or until sugar completely dissolves, then remove from heat. Let it cool, and toss away the mint leaf.
Now, take one part of grapefruit juice and pair it with one part of simple syrup in each of the six glasses. Stir well, and top it off with your favorite sparkling wine with a little garnish for presentation.
Time: 10 minutes
4. Broiled Grapefruit With Honey Yogurt and Granola
A sweet Texas red broiled with a sprinkle of sugar is a beautiful–and fragrant–sight to behold. When you add in honey-sweetened yogurt and granola for that extra oomph, you’ve got a tasty and filling accompaniment to your next brunch.
To make this, grab these:
- 3 Winter Sweetz Rio Red grapefruit
- 6 tablespoons raw sugar or brown sugar
- A sprinkle ground ginger
- Another sprinkle ground cinnamon
- Dash sea salt
- Greek yogurt
- A few handfuls of granola
To make this, do this:
First, you want to preheat broiler. While it heats up, thinly slice off each base of your grapefruit to keep them from shifting around while you work, about ¼ of an inch right off the peel.
Then slice your grapefruit in half, parallel to your initial slice off of the base. You’re going to want to place the grapefruit halves face-down on paper towels for around five minutes to absorb all of the excess moisture. This is important to what comes next.
Now, bring together the raw sugar (or brown sugar) and the ginger, cinnamon, and salt into a small bowl and mix well. Place your grapefruit halves sunny side up in a rimmed baking sheet (or 13×9-inch glass baker, if you have it) and sprinkle each half with that good sugar mixture–usually about 1 tablespoon per half of grapefruit.
Broil for 7 to 10 minutes. When it’s done, you’ll see that the sugar melted into a delicious, caramelized deep amber, but don’t dig in quite yet. Your patience will be rewarded.
Let your treats cool for a few minutes, and then serve them to your brunchmates warm with a nice, big dollop of yogurt and a swirl of honey. Finally, top with a handful of granola for that nice crunch.