We need some refreshment in this awkward summer. Hot as ever, it reminds the summer of a few decades ago, when the people used to gather along the river and near the old Roman thermal baths to enjoy the shade of old oak trees and the chill water of the spring, feeling on holidays even though just a few kilometres away from their usual houses. The towns are not empty yet, there are still a few cars running home to avoid the heat. The countryside is still, you only hear the crickets and a dog in the distance.
According to the weather forecast, this will be the hottest day of summer in Italy, but here we are ready to face it: an iced home-made drink, so fresh that you can still taste the citrus fruit, a glass out of the ordinary and a tropical shade of pink. Happy Sunday!
How would you call it? It’s like a lemonade, but you cannot call it lemonade, it’s made just with pink grapefruit… well, as Shakespeare said, what’s in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other name would smell as sweet. So define it as you prefer, by any other name it would be still so refreshing, with a pleasant bitter aftertaste.
Further on in the day, when the shadows lengthen and the breeze starts blowing, add a splash of vodka for a refreshing alcohol cocktail.
- 2 pink organic grapefruits
- 6 tablespoons sugar + a few tablespoons for decorating
- fresh water and ice
- mint to decorate
Squeeze the grapefruits in a bowl so as to collect all the juice, then pour it into a pitcher filtering it through a strainer.
Add the sugar and stir until melted, then pour in cold water, according to your taste. For a pleasantly refreshing cocktail use 1/3 of grapefruit juice and 2/3 of cold water.
Decorate the rim of the glasses with sugar and serve the pink lemonade with ice and a sprig of fresh mint.
- Ginger Lemonade – a recipe from last August, deeply refreshing, it became our remedy for the heat, my dad’s favourite one.
- Pink lemonade by BBC Goodfood, adding raspberries to homemade lemonade gives it a tangy flavour and turns it a vivid pink
- Rhubarb and strawberry lemonade by Green Kitchen Stories. I love their blog, it’s time to follow their advice and make an home-made lemonade: The result is a thousand times better than the supermarket version. Plus your kitchen will smell divine from the fruit and spices.