Squeeze the Day Cocktail
This cocktail, “Squeeze the Day”, is the second of two themed drinks I created in honor of the Mom’s on the Move Podcast based out of Greenville, SC.
The “Jennifers” (both hosts are named Jennifer, which I love), created their local Facebook group and podcast because: “We want to empower each other and create a place for understanding, while also navigating tough topics, with a few laughs in between. We, as women and moms, are in this together.” Click here to connect with the Moms on the Move community, watch/listen to their podcast, and receive their exclusive biweekly newsletter. Pimento & Prose recipes and blogs are also currently featured in the Mom’s on the Move biweekly digital newsletters along with exclusive local recommendations & coupons to local Greenville shops!
I used a ton of in-season, local produce for both of these drinks. The vision for this was wanting something summery and citrusy, yet sweet to sip on for the women in my life to have a great tasting, balanced drink, they could make for themselves or scale up for a party!
Moms are great at seizing the day, so I loved the play on words with the fact that this had two fresh-squeezed juices in it too!
We were also lucky enough to partner with a local Greenville restaurant, Limoncello, to be able to use their restaurant bar and house-made limoncello for this recipe, some of our photos, and videos for behind the scenes on how to make these drinks (check out this YouTube link for that)! However, their version of this tasty liquor is not available for at-home purchase/consumption, so we used normal store-bought limoncello for our recipe testing below.
You can also find the Frankly’s Grapefruit Vodka we used in the Upstate, SC area for around $20-$24 a bottle, at Liquor XPress 3 in Easley, 19 Wine & Spirits in Greenville, or Total Wine in Greenville, or if you happen to have another grapefruit vodka to use up at home, cheers, you can use that too! We loved the fact that Frankly’s had cinnamon, a touch of maple syrup as a sweetener, was #glutenfree, organic, and even Kosher as well!
Check out the sister mocktail to this one, the Summer Berry, at the link here!
- Prep Time: 5m
- Total Time: 5m
- Serves: 1 person
- Yield: 1 serving
- Category: Drinks & Alcohol
- 2 fl oz Limoncello
- 1 fl oz Frankly Grapefruit vodka
- 1 fl oz Fresh squeezed Grapefruit juice
- 1 fl oz Fresh squeezed Lemon juice
Bartending tools needed:
- 1 Bartending shaker
- 1 Bar jigger (usually double sided, used to measure fl.oz. for shots, could also use a liquid measuring cup for this if you have it at home instead)
- 1 Hawthorne strainer
- 1 Small, fine mesh strainer
- First, start by juicing one grapefruit into a bowl and about 1-2 lemons for fresh juice into a separate bowl.
- Measure the 2 fl. oz. of limoncello, 1 fl. oz of grapefruit vodka, 1 fl. oz. of grapefruit juice, and 1 fl. oz. of lemon juice into the bartending shaker with a handful of ice; put a lid on the shaker, and shake for about 30 seconds until the mixture is combined and cooled.
- Carefully remove the top of the shaker. Put the Hawthorne strainer over the shaker, and use the fine mesh strainer over your glass to strain your drink from the shaker into your glass of choice. We're double straining this cocktail instead of single straining to make sure we remove all the seeds from the fresh lemon and grapefruit juice.
- To garnish, take a vegetable peeler or small paring knife and cut a long curl of lemon rind off of a lemon. Depending on the size of the rim on your glass, you can cut a small incision in the lemon rind so it holds onto the side of the glass, or you can use a long toothpick to skewer the lemon rind as well and place it along the side of the glass.
- *Optional: if you'd like to add more lemon flavor to your cocktail, you can "express" the oils in the lemon rind. You can do this by gently squeezing the lemon rind with your fingers, over your drink, a little essential oil will come out of it into your drink. Then rub the inside of the rind over the rim of the glass.