April 5, 2013

DRINK: refreshing grapefruit sake mojito cocktail

A mushroom walks into a bar.  And the bartender says, "HEY, we don't serve food at the bar"!  Mushroom says,  "hey, come on now, I am a fungi"!  :)  har, har.   Many jokes begin with a "walks into a bar" line.  It's called the "set-up" - alerting the audience that most likely something humorously climatic should follow.  Well guess what, I fooled ya! No funny climax here.  haha. j/k.   I was racking my brain for an opening statement.  Even jokes have thesis statements these days - oh the pressure, no wonder when writer's block occurs, it's no joke (ha!).  Anyways, bar jokes, a cocktail post, RELEVANT  if you ask me.

Um, did someone say cocktail?  Grapefruit, lime AND mint cocktail? Everything about it is just so REFRESHING! Just in time for warmer days ahead.  Classic mojitos are usually made of white rum like Barcardi but using sake as a substitute gives it an even lighter feel, but doesn't necessarily take away from the taste.  'Goes down smoother' is just another way of saying, 'gets to your head faster'.   Neato MOJITO! Check out this simple grapefruit sake mojito recipe below and then after you can hear me rave more about mint and grapefruits.


  6 (or more) fresh mint leaves
  1 tsp. granulated sugar (or 1 oz simple syrup)
  1 lime (cut in half, then 1/3 wedges, then cut into 1/3s again)
  1 ruby red grapefruit (peeled and segmented or cut in halves and 1/4 for garnish)
  5 oz sake (just regular dry sake, not sparkling or unfiltered sake)
  1 oz club soda ( or grapefruit juice)
  1 sprig of mint (for garnish)

  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle/crush fresh mint leaves together with the granulated sugar, lime wedges and segmented grapefruit.
  2. Add in the 5 oz sake and shake with a handful of ice with the ingredients above and shake vigorously.  Taste with a straw, if grapefruit and limes make it too sour or bitter, add more sugar. 
  3. Pour all contents into a glass.
  4. Top with 1 oz club soda or grapefruit juice, a sprig of mint, a grapefruit wedge, and/or lime wedge for garnish.

When you smell mint, don't you want to rub it all over your face and body? Maybe it's just me. Grapefruits too,  or anything citrusy for that matter.  Whoever came up with mint and grapefruit shampoo and face wash,  is a genius!  Grapefruit claims to improve complexion and mint's aroma is naturally soothing so it only makes sense.   At this rate, the grapefruit and mint can do no wrong.  While some girls are having champagne wishes and caviar dreams, I am dreaming of sake mojitos and grapefruit and mint sorbets (pronounce it like the French). Oh what, did someone say grapefruit and mint sorbet?  Stay tuned,  summertime recipes coming soon.

xoxo, cheers. 


  1. I was on the hunt for new blogs today and just came across yours. It's fantastic! :) looking forward to making it one of my regular reads

    xx cass

    1. Aww thanks Cass!! Thanks for stopping by :)