Celebrate National Grapefruit Month with these spirited cocktails, healthy bites and fruity beauty picks.
If you have the post-Valentine’s day blues, don’t fret. You still have time to celebrate National Grapefruit Month, and it’s a pretty big deal. February is not only the second month of the year following January or cupid’s month of love, it’s a month to honor the invigorating taste, sweet scents and health benefits of grapefruit. Finish off the heart-shaped milk chocolates, and then move on to enjoy the punchy flavor and nutrition of this citrus superfruit.
For a Phoenician, spotting grapefruits between January and March isn’t a rarity. It’s grapefruit season in Arizona, and juicy white and pink grapefruits blossoming on trees are plucked right off branches for your next cocktail. Greyhounds are a simple boozy hybrid of vodka and grapefruit juice inspired by the jam “Greyhound” by Swedish House Mafia and ABSOLUT. Pour the mixture into a mason jar with ice and a grapefruit slice garnish. You’ll intoxicate your senses with each sip until it’s time for a refill.
Jalapeno Grapefruit Martini
If a grapefruit tree isn’t readily accessible in your backyard, you can still quench your thirst and nourish your body with the vitamins and healthy antioxidants of grapefruit juice. Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE is zero-calorie sparkling water naturally flavored with grapefruit juice that boosts immunity and helps prevent risks of certain cancers and diseases.
A party girl doesn’t hesitate to indulge in the delicious pleasures of grapefruit juice in a martini glass. For an Jalapeno Grapefruit Martini, shake vodka (1 ½ oz.), lime juice (1 oz.), jalapeno slices, and ice in a shaker. Rub the rim of the martini glass with a lime wedge, dip it into chili salt and then pour the beverage mixture into the chilled and chili-salted martini glass. Garnish with jalapeno. Cheers!
Since we’re on the topic of living the boozy lifestyle of a lush, embrace your inner hipster with Happy Hippy shower gel from Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics. Bursting with fresh scents of juicy pink grapefruit, a dollop of Happy Hippy on your loofah will turn into a rich lather that deliciously refreshes your skin and brightens your day.
Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit
Along with grapefruit’s vitamins and antioxidants, grapefruit extract can enrich your beauty regimen, from exfoliating to evening skin tone. Neutorgena Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit refreshes your face with 100 percent naturally derived grapefruit extract and vitamin C. The citrus extract in facial cleansers and cleansing wipes helps prevent breakouts and blackheads. Add grapefruit to your beauty routine, and revitalize your skincare experience.
Grapefruit is more than a cocktail flavor or beauty booster, it’s a tasty ingredient for snacks, salads and desserts. Pair peeled round grapefruit slices with chopped toasted pistachios, and sprinkle brown sugar on top for a sweet and juicy breakfast or afternoon pick-me-up. A grapefruit, salmon and avocado salad can also cure lunchtime hunger and serendipitously satisfy the taste buds. Add sunflower shoots, watercress leaves, lime juice, scallions, and extra-virgin olive oil as edible flair for your salad. For a sunshiny treat, delight in grapefruit citrus bars bursting with tang and orange zest. Get healthy grapefruit recipes on eatingwell.com.
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