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Author Notes: Tart, tangy grapefruit always shines in cocktails. In this sparkling drink, it’s a perfect, bitter balance to slightly sweet berry-flavored vodka, with a big pour of bubbles to fancy it up. Don’t skip the garnish; a big mint sprig adds an herbal aroma that’s a beautiful match for the varied fruit flavors. (Wine-wise, there’s no need for anything too fancy; a good Cava works great.)
To make simple syrup: combine one part sugar with one part hot water until the sugar is dissolved. Let cool before using.
This spring-ready cocktail was developed with our partner Smirnoff Red, White & Berry, a unique, citrus-berry flavored vodka—coming soon this spring.
Please drink responsibly. Smirnoff Red, White & Berry. Vodka infused with natural flavors. 30% Alc/Vol. The Sminoff Co., Norwalk, CT. —Food52
- 1.25 ounces Smirnoff Red, White & Berry (or other berry flavored vodka)
- .5 ounces fresh grapefruit juice
- .25 ounces fresh lime juice
- .25 ounces simple syrup
- 2 ounces sparkling wine
- Mint sprig, for garnish
- Combine first four ingredients in cocktail shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail coupe and top with sparkling wine. Garnish with a large mint sprig.
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