Citrus juices are an important part of many cocktails, and of course you can use the fruits as garnish. Lemons? Without them the Frisco wouldn’t have a little edginess. Limes? They turn a fine ginger martini into a perfect Ginger Lime Martini. Oranges? They taste great, and the peel works wonders in a Manhattan (forget the Maraschino cherry).
But what about grapefruit? It has just the right balance of tartness and sweetness, but you don’t see them in cocktails very often.
It’s time to change that. For the first part of what I deem the Grapefruit Triad, I give you the Siesta. I first read about it in the Men’s Journal magazine. Apparently a bartender at PDT in New York (excellent cocktails but a surprisingly limited selection) created it. Here is my barely modified version of the original recipe:
1.5 ounces tequila
Juice from 1/2 lime
Juice from 1/2 grapefruit juice
.25 ounces simple syrup
.25 ounces Campari
Combine in shaker with ice, shake, then strain into chilled cocktail glass. Grapefruit garnish optional.
The Siesta is not much different than a Paloma, which is another part of the Grapefruit Triad. The Siesta has some Campari in it, but the Paloma does not.
I must address the (pink) elephant in the room. Many men who see the picture of the Siesta are thinking: “No way am I drinking a girly looking cocktail like that.” Gentlemen – be man enough to try a girly looking cocktail, and if you like how it tastes, be man enough to have one. Keep in mind there is a distinction between a girly looking drink and a girly, i.e. weak, drink. Like a well made Cosmopolitan with good ingredients, the Siesta is a “girly” cocktail if by “girly” you mean “looks cute, tastes great, and will knock you on your ass if you have more than two.”