A preview of summer heat enveloped the Midwest this week. The record-breaking heat wave sent March temperatures soaring into the low 80s from North Dakota and Minnesota across the Midwest. The thermometer hit 85 in Chicago, a reading Windy City residents don’t usually experience until July. A tall glass of fresh-squeezed Florida grapefruit juice is the perfect antidote to summer heat, no matter when it arrives.
For a refreshing pick-me-up, try this Grapefruit Spritzer, one of the delicious Florida citrus recipes featured by the Florida Department of Agriculture. Use fresh-squeezed juice from Florida Ruby Red grapefruit to give your spritzers a rosy glow and sweet taste with a delicious hint of tang. The recipe can also be made with fresh Florida Valencia oranges.
1 1/2 cups fresh-squeezed Florida grapefruit juice
1/4 cup natural sugar
1 2-inch stick cinnamon
Ginger ale, chilled
White wine, if desired
In a saucepan, combine grapefruit juice, sugar and cinnamon. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Discard cinnamon and allow syrup to cool completely. To serve, fill four 8-ounce glasses with ice. Add 1/3 cup grapefruit syrup to each glass, filling with ginger ale. If desired, fill with half ginger ale and half white wine. Stir to mix. Garnish with a grapefruit curl. Makes 4 servings.