2 oz Deep Eddy Ruby Red vodka
1 TBSP Salt
Salt the rim of the glass and stir the vodka together with ice. Garnish with a grapefruit wedge.
1 oz Deep Eddy Ruby Red vodka
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1 Teaspoon Fresh Lime Juice
In a shaker with ice, mix together the ingredients, and strain into a martini glass.
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The history of the grapefruit is a relatively young one, having first been documented in 1750 in Barbados by the naturalist Rev. Griffith Hughes.
Reverend Hughes named his discovery “the forbidden fruit”, presumably out of a belief in its sinful origins.
The more widely accepted theory is that the first grapefruit tree was an accidental hybrid of a pummelo and a sweet orange, both imports to the Caribbean from Southeast Asia.
The grapefruit is believed to be the only citrus strain to not have originated in Asia.
The name “grapefruit” was adopted in the early 19th century by Jamaican farmers due to the grape-like clusters that the fruit grows in on the tree.
The first grapefruit grove in Texas was reported in 1893 in the Rio Grande Valley, and by 1920 South Texas farmers had begun shipping grapefruit to other parts of the U.S. in used onion crates.
Texas’ love affair with the grapefruit truly started in 1929 when a redder, sweeter grapefruit was discovered growing on a pink grapefruit tree. It was then that the famous “Ruby Red” grapefruit was born.
Texas’ Ruby Red grapefruit was an instant commercial success thanks to its sweeter taste compared to the white and pink varieties.
By the 1930’s the Grapefruit Diet had become all the rage among Hollywood actresses, promising a 10 lb. weight loss in only 12 days.
In 1953 Miss America winner Neva Jane Langley appeared in a TV spot promoting the health benefits of grapefruit and grapefruit juice. Miss Langley was the first of 5 consecutive Miss America winners to serve as a grapefruit spokeswomen.
Today the Red Grapefruit is the official fruit of Texas, putting it in the same echelon as other state symbols like the Texas longhorn and the armadillo.
The first known cocktail recipe to include grapefruit juice appeared in “The Savoy Cocktail Book”, published in 1930 by London’s famous Savoy Hotel bar.
Sometime during the 20th century, vodka was used in place of gin and the cocktail we now know as “The Greyhound” was born.
In 2012, The U.S. consumed 325 megatonnes of grapefruit, or about 716 BILLION pounds. This is enough grapefruit to circle the earth around 2,100 times!
Austin, TX has over 300 days of sunshine per year, and average summer highs well into the upper 90’s.
Brian Hyland’s pop single “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” sold over 1 million copies and reached #1 on the Billboard charts in the summer of 1960, causing an immediate spike in demand for the eponymous two-piece.
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