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Erin Scott’s Ruby Red Grapefruit Fizz

by Grace Bonney

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Last week I had the pleasure of rounding up some of my favorite non-alcoholic drinks to celebrate a lighter option for summer sipping. Then, earlier this week we had the honor of sharing the beautiful Berkeley, CA home of blogger, stylist, photographer and cookbook author Erin Scott of Yummy Supper. Today I’m thrilled to combine both of those posts in the form of one delicious drink recipe from Erin’s spectacular new book, Yummy Supper: 100 Fresh, Luscious & Honest Recipes from a Gluten-Free Omnivore.

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This refreshing drink highlights one of my favorite ingredients: grapefruit. I love the way the tartness of grapefruit mixes with herbs and a bit of sweetness for a fizzy drink that’s perfect for adults and kids alike. Erin suggests adding a splash or two of tequila if you’d like to make this a more adult drink, but it’s just as delicious without. I think I could handle replacing my iced tea with something like this – it seems like the end of summer in one perfect glass. Thanks so much to Erin for sharing this with us! xo, grace

Click through for the full recipe after the jump!

Reprinted from Yummy Supper by Erin Scott. © 2014 by Erin Scott. By permission of Rodale Books. Available wherever books are sold.

“While we avoid the nastiness of sugar-filled sodas at our house, we still like to indulge in a sweet, fizzy drink every once in a while. Grapefruit juice, bubbles and a hint of herby thyme are so fresh and tasty together. Plus, I appreciate the flexibility of a drink that stands on its own as deeply refreshing but that can also be transformed into a cocktail with very little effort. It’s helpful to have such an easy crowd-pleaser in your hosting arsenal.”

Tip: If you are not a fan of citrus pulp, feel free to strain some, or all, of it before making your fizz.

serves 4 to 6

Ingredients:
-2 cups freshly squeezed grapefruit juice (ruby red is my favorite, but any sweet, flavorful grapefruit will do)
-2 cups chilled sparkling water
-2–4 tablespoons light agave nectar
-Plenty of ice cubes
-4–6 sprigs fresh thyme
-Splash or two of tequila in each glass (optional)

Steps:

-Place the juice, water, agave nectar, and ice cubes in a large jar with a lid.
-Shake a few times until everything is combined and the bubbles are dancing.
-Taste for sweetness and add more agave, as desired.
-Pour the fizz over more ice cubes into individual glasses. Top each with a sprig of thyme. Add some good tequila, if you so desire.

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