When I heard that my friends at Belle Isle distillery were releasing a Ruby Red Grapefruit moonshine, I immediately remembered a dish by Rapture’s former Chef, Chris Humphrey, that beautifully combined tomatoes and ruby red grapefruits. It actually took several tries before I was satisfied with the results, but I think the cocktail showcases the distinct components nicely.
1 1/2 oz. Belle Isle Ruby Red Grapefruit Moonshine
1 3/4 oz. Smoked Tomato & Pink Peppercorn Shrub
1/4 oz. Lillet Blanc
Chill a coupe or martini glass. Fill shaker with ice, add all ingredients, shake or stir, then strain into glass. Garnish with a candied/dehydrated grapefruit slice, or rim glass with tomato powder.
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