I'm always on the hunt for a cocktail that transports
you to a time or place you remember fondly.
This is that cocktail.
Grapefruit always feels like summer to me. I could (and do!) drink it all season long. I also love everything smokey. This is a perfect marriage of the two.
Margaritas shouldn’t be too sugary-sweet. The Aperol in this margarita recipe gives the slight bitterness I'm looking for, while the char on the grapefruit imparts that additional smokey sweetness.
My friends and I made this cocktail after we floated down the Mississippi river near St. Paul Minnesota, and found an island that looked like it would fit us. It brings me back to that night: filled with friends and laughter around a campfire on a river island.