The Grapefruit Pisco Collins falls in line with the many other new variations of the Collins cocktail Family, like the Pepito Collins (made with Tequila) or the Sandy Collins (made with Scotch).
It is a refreshing, citrusy concoction, perfect for a hot summer day and similar to a Pisco Punch. The addition of grapefruit juice brings in extra freshness and some bitter notes. Let's see how to make a Grapefruit Collins with Pisco:
- 1 Cocktail Shaker
- 1 Jigger
- 1 Hawthorne Strainer
- 2 oz Pisco
- 0.75 oz Lemon juice - freshly squeezed
- 0.5 oz Simple syrup
- 2 slices Fresh grapefruit
- 1.5 oz Soda water
- Grapefruit twist orslices and mint sprig - for garnish
- Put two grapefruit slices into your shaker and muddle them gently.
- Put ice cubes and grapefruit slices into your cocktail glass and set it aside for a minute.
- Add ice, freshly squeezed lemon juice, Pisco, and simple syrup to your cocktail shaker and shake until the tins feel cool.
- Strain your drink into the prepared glass and top it up with soda water.
- Garnish your Pisco Collins with another grapefruit slice and a mint sprig. Cheers.
What are Collins Cocktails?
Collins Cocktails all follow the same template of ingredients:
- Base spirit
- lemon juice
- Simple syrup
- Soda water
The general approach is quite similar to a Gin Fizz, and the ingredients are, in fact, the same. But Collins cocktails are served and prepared differently. Over the past two centuries, more and more Collins drinks developed, all following the same formula.
If you want to know more about this type of classic cocktail, there's a whole article about the Collins cocktail category.
Ingredients of the Grapefruit Pisco Collins
It goes without saying that this variation of the Pisco Collins also follows the template mentioned above: spirit base, syrup, lemon, and soda. Instead of the classic gin base, we use Pisco and the grapefruit component adds a nice twist to the template.
- Pisco: The grape spirit native to Peru and Chile is best known for its use in a Pisco Sour. It usually tastes fruity with a distinct grape note and is relatively smooth. Peruvian Pisco and Chilean Pisco are not the same. But in cocktails like this Grapefruit Pisco Collins, the differences are negligible.
- Grapefruit: To make a grapefruit Collins, we need some fresh juice. Grapefruit juice from red or pink grapefruit is ideal in this drink recipe. It's enough to take two grapefruit slices and muddle them in your shaker.
- Lemon: Freshly squeezed lemon juice is best in this refreshing cocktail. You can also use lime juice alternatively.
- Simple syrup: Standard syrup (1 part water to 1 part sugar) works great, is easy to make at home, and adds subtle sweetness to the drink.
- Chilled soda water: Soda water is essential to make any Collins cocktail. Chill it in your fridge for a few hours to ensure it's ice cold.
- Garnish: A grapefruit twist or a grapefruit slice works excellent as a decoration for this drink.
Steps to Make a Grapefruit Pisco Collins
A Collins cocktail has its own signature glass called Collins glass. This slim and tall glass is ideal to keep the carbonation of the soda water for a longer time. Here's how you make the cocktail recipe:
- Fill a cocktail glass with fresh ice (Collins glass preferred).
- Add pisco, lemon juice, simple syrup, and grapefruit slices in a cocktail shaker and muddle the grapefruit slices to release juice.
- Add ice and shake for 8-12 seconds.
- Strain into the ice-filled glass and top with chilled club soda or regular soda water.
A Quick Primer on Pisco
Pisco is a grape spirit hailing from Peru and Chile and is a sub-type of brandy. It usually tastes fruity and relatively smooth. -Especially when compared to grape spirits like Grappa, which has a strong alcoholic bite.
Generally, the alcohol content of most Piscos ranges between 38 and 48%, quite similar to other popular spirit bases for Collins Cocktails.
If you want to try Peruvian Pisco, Cuatro Gallos is a brand I can recommend. Alto de Carmen is a great choice for the Pisco Collins when you look for a Chilean Pisco.
Other Cocktails with Grapefruit
If you have some spare grapefruits after mixing the Pisco Collins, here are some other drinks you can mix with the bittersweet, pink fruit: