nice pink (beet + grapefruit!) margarita
this beet, tequila and grapefruit juice has crept into my winter cocktail repertoire - not because it's an appropriate winter drink because the words "winter" and "margarita" aren't the most natural pairing I can think of, but because I made it for Valentine's Day and haven't been able to stop making it since. It's a huge crowd-pleaser, albeit maybe not the best for a finicky crowd, it's exceptionally delicious, contains no added sugar and has the perfect balance of acid (grapefruit), veggie sweetness (beets), spice (jalapeño) and booze (tequila).
Here's my very non-scientific recipe for my Pink Margarita:
fill your cup with ice + 1/2 with beet juice (I've been buying the one from Natalie's, a Florida-based company that you can get at just about any grocery store. You can, of course, juice your own beets, but I always serve this when I'm entertaining and already cooking and messing up my kitchen, so I've been going for the good old store-bought kind)
juice of 1/4 grapefruit
a few seeded sliced of jalapeño
1.5 shots of tequila aka a heavy pour
IT'S A TRILLION DEGREES OUTSIDE