Fun Ways to Serve Grapefruit at Holiday Parties
Grapefruit is the ideal choice for holiday treats because it's fresh and in season during the winter and it has a nice light flavor that is the perfect complement to heavy and spiced holiday desserts and beverages. Grapefruit is appropriate for everyone, even people who have special dietary needs, so it's nice to serve something that everyone can eat at your holiday gatherings so that no one is left out. Plus, grapefruits and grapefruit juice can add color, flavor, and a touch of tang to almost any food or cocktail. This year make sure that you order plenty of fresh grapefruit and oranges and serve them in some of these exotic and fun ways:
Grapefruit candy – Even though these candies can take up to two days to make they are a holiday tradition for thousands of families and can be one for your family too. These chewy candies are stunning to look at, and have a deep amber color when cooked correctly. They are perfect for garnishing holiday dessert trays or as a dessert by themselves. These candies also make beautiful garnishes for holiday cocktails and add sweetness to the drink as they melt. All you need to make these treats are a slow cooker, about a dozen fresh grapefruit, sugar, water, grapefruit juice, and a lot of time and patience.
Grapefruit sorbet – Grapefruit sorbet is easy to make even if you don't have an ice cream maker. You can make a simple sorbet from sugar, grapefruit, grapefruit juice, and water and keep it in the refrigerator until it's firm. The texture won't be as smooth as sorbet that is made in an ice cream maker but it will taste delicious. To change up the flavor try adding some berries to the mix, or some orange juice instead of grapefruit juice. This sorbet is ideal to serve in a punch because as it melts it will refresh the flavor of the punch and it will look very pretty in a punch bowl. You can make an alcoholic version of this simple sorbet by adding vodka and then freezing it. The vodka won't change the taste, unless you choose to use a flavored vodka, but since vodka doesn't freeze your sorbet will stay soft and slushie even when it's cold. This sorbet makes a great base for fancy cocktails at holiday parties. You can ever serve the sorbet over plain cookies for a decadent dessert.