Grapefruit is a recent favorite fruit of mine. I mix grapefruit juice simply with orange and sweeten it usually and have it. But wanted to try something different from my usual thing. So I tried adding few ingredients like curry leaves, roasted cumin, coriander, black salt and chilli to make it more interesting and to suit the Indian taste buds. It turned out really good. Usually grapefruit juice turns slightly bitter, so if you want to balance that taste, you should try this way of adding spice and flavour to it.
I have tasted bamblimas in one of my relatives house and it tastes similar to these grapefruits but only that it is large. I think it was pomelo fruit. When I googled, I saw grapefruit as bambaramas in Tamil and chakotra in Hindi.
I have read grapefruit also helps in losing weight by boosting metabolism. It is very rich in vitamin C, antioxidants and this could help you in curing cold/ flu too.
When I posted this mocktail in my Instagram handle, I got a query on ‘How to reduce the bitterness of grapefruit?’ So here are few tips to reduce the bitterness when you make grapefruit juice. First thing is, do not peel and juice/ grind it to get juice. Use a fruit juicer. Also do not press too hard while squeezing. The white skin should not be crushed much as it will make the juice bitter. Only the pulp should be juiced or be present in the juice.
Read on to know how to balance the bitterness and tangy-ness from grapefruit juice.
Step by step method of grapefruit mocktail with pictures:
- Gently squeeze halved grapefruit and oranges.
- Transfer both these juices to a blender along with 1 tbsp honey, sugar, ½ green chilli, ¼ tsp black salt or regular salt, 4 curry leaves, 1 tbsp coriander leaves, ¼ tsp cumin powder.
- Blend well for a minute and filter the juice through a metal strainer.
- Use more water to dilute and balance the taste.
Keep it refrigerated to serve chilled or just fill your glass with ice cubes and top the mocktail. Enjoy the most refreshing grapefruit mock tail.