Pink Grapefruit Arak Cocktail

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Author Notes: This is more or less a ubiquitous summer drink here in Israel, by the sea and even inland, poolside. It is so popular in the capital that its often called the Jerusalem cocktail. It is made using simple local ingredients: pink grapefruit and arak. When the grapefruits are sweet enough people often make this without syrup, but I like it more with the undertone of a gentle chamomille simple syrup. Its really perfect on a breezy summer evening. nogaga

Serves a large grapefruit can easilly serve 4

Chamomille Simple Syrup

  • 1 part sugar
  • 2 parts water
  • dried chamomille flowers or a bag of chamomille tea

Arak Grapefruit Concoction

  • Juice of one big juicy pink grapefruit
  • a good arak
  • a few sprigs of mint
  • seltzer
  1. Quickly simmer the syrup with the chamomille leaves, strain and leave to cool
  2. Juice the grapefruit.
  3. For every serving I blend: two muddled mint leaves, a twelfth chamomille syrup, a third arak, 4 parts fresh-squeezed grapefruit juice, 2 parts (more or less) seltzer
  4. Garnish with a few mint leaves.
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over 3 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I'll say it again love this drink!!


over 3 years ago nogaga

thank you ;)


almost 4 years ago BlueKaleRoad

I am a big fan of arak and look forward to trying this. I wish I was in Jerusalem to drink it, though!


almost 4 years ago nogaga

I hope you enjoy it, and come visit!


over 3 years ago BlueKaleRoad

Thanks, nogaga! It'll probably be a couple years until we're back in Israel. Til then I'll enjoy lovely Israeli drinks!


almost 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

I love grapefruit this sounds wonderful


almost 4 years ago nogaga

Thank you sdebrango! I hope you enjoy it!