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
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
- Quickly simmer the syrup with the chamomille leaves, strain and leave to cool
- Juice the grapefruit.
- 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
- Garnish with a few mint leaves.