Party Pumping Grapefruit Drinks for Holiday Parties

June 27, 2011 by  
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Party Pumping Grapefruit Drinks for Holiday Parties

This year add some grapefruit drinks to your holiday party menu. Grapefruit juice is light and refreshing and will bring balance to heavy and rich holiday desserts and savory meals. Grapefruit drinks without alcohol are always great to have on hand for children and for guests who don’t want to consume alcohol at the party. These beautiful and fun grapefruit drinks will be a huge hit with your friends and family members at holiday parties this year:

Grapefruit Margarita – You can make these with tequila or without, if you want to serve them to kids or guests who don’t drink alcohol. These are also fabulous for birthday parties or when you have your friends over for an evening of fun. To make these you will need pink or white sanding sugar, limes, and a lot of fresh pink grapefruit. First make a simple syrup by boiling together some grapefruit juice and sugar. Then pour about a cup of fresh grapefruit juice into a blender with some ice. Blend until the mixture has a great slushy consistency. Mix the cold juice and ice mixture with a few teaspoons of the simple syrup. Add tequila if you want. Blend everything together thoroughly and pour into a glass that has been rimmed with the sugar. Garnish with a fresh lime and you have a delicious and refreshing drink.

Grapefruit Cider Punch – This easy to make seasonal punk will get a lot of attention from your guests. Mix equal parts fresh apple cider and fresh grapefruit juice, then add ginger ale or club soda and ice. The taste is light and sparkling but still has a familiar seasonal taste thanks to the cider. The grapefruit juice will bring out the tanginess of the cider and make it taste rich and delicious. You can make this an alcoholic punch by adding vodka to the mix, but you can also serve it without alcohol. Garnish with candied grapefruit for a sweet touch.

Cranberry Grapefruit Cocktail – This drink has a seasonal taste but also has a nice edge thanks to the addition of vanilla vodka. Boil grapefruit juice and sugar to make simple syrup. Mix the syrup with cranberry juice and a little vanilla vodka. If you want to give the drink a nice consistency add some cranberries blended with ice to the glass and garnish with a sprig of mint. If you want to make the drink without alcohol you can add a touch of grated vanilla bean to the drink to get the bite of the vanilla in the flavor.

New Household Uses for Grapefruit

June 24, 2011 by  
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New Household Uses for Grapefruit

Grapefruit tastes delicious and is super healthy, but you can also use it in many ways around the house and to take care of your skin. Grapefruit is a natural antibacterial agent and the wonderful smell of fresh grapefruit juice can be very uplifting. Many commercial cleaners and skin care products use grapefruit scent because it’s light and sweet and not overpowering, but you can use fresh grapefruit juice to get the same scent without using chemical based products. Here are just a few of the innovative ways you can use fresh grapefruit around your home that you might never have thought of:

To scent your home – Instead of using dangerous candles that often have sickly sweet scents that can cause headaches when you want to make your whole home smell fresh and inviting pour a cup of fresh grapefruit juice and a half of a cup of water into a small saucepan and simmer it on the stove. You will love the wonderful scent of fresh grapefruit wafting throughout your home.

To scent your laundry – Mix fresh grapefruit juice with distilled water in a spray bottle and mist your towels, linens, curtains, and clothes. The water will evaporate as it dries leaving a sweet grapefruit scent. To make the scent even more unique you can mix juice from several types of grapefruits like white grapefruit and pink grapefruit. Or mix ruby red grapefruit juice and fresh orange juice.

To keep animals out of your garden and plants – Cats in particular hate citrus scents, so placing a small mesh bag filled with grapefruit and orange rinds around your outdoor plants or along your fence line will discourage neighborhood animals from coming into your garden. You can also bury some of the grapefruit and orange rinds in the soil around the plants. As the rinds break down they will boost the nutrition in the soil which will help the plants grow.

To exfoliate your skin- Instead of spending a fortune on expensive skin products you can make your own healthy and natural skin exfoliating scrub. Mix some granulated sugar and about a cup of fresh grapefruit juice with a little grapeseed or olive oil and use in the shower on your whole body, especially your feet. The grapefruit juice will revive your spirits and tone and tighten your skin and the sugar will gently exfoliate. This easy to make scrub is even safe to use on your face.

Making the Grapefruit Diet Work with a Busy Lifestyle

June 11, 2011 by  
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Making the Grapefruit Diet Work with a Busy Lifestyle
The grapefruit diet has been proven to help people lose up to ten pounds in just under two weeks, but a lot of people think that the diet is hard to manage and find it tough to make it work with their busy lifestyle. To make the grapefruit diet work it’s necessary to eat a half of a grapefruit before every meal. People who work long hours or are busy running their kids to and from school and activities may not get the chance to eat regular meals which makes following the diet difficult. But you can still try the grapefruit diet even if you have an extremely busy life. Here are some tips from diet experts on how to follow the grapefruit diet no matter how busy you are:
Keep grapefruit with you – Grapefruits, like oranges and other citrus fruits, are very portable. They don’t need to be refrigerated and their skin protects them from bumps and bruises. You can peel a grapefruit and eat half the segments if you’re on the go and can’t eat a sliced grapefruit. You can also wrap the leftover segments in a baggie to keep with you for your next meal, whenever you get a chance to eat. Keep a few grapefruit and a baggie or too in the glovebox of the car, in your desk drawer, or in your purse so that you have a grapefruit with you at all times.
Stock up on grapefruit before you start – You probably don’t have time to run to the store all the time to get the grapefruit you’re going to need to complete the diet. Order a large box of ruby red grapefruit ahead of time so that you have all the grapefruit that you’re going to need and won’t have to be constantly running to the store. If you want to get some delicious fresh citrus fruit for your family order a box of assorted fruits that contains oranges and tangerines as well as grapefruit.
Work grapefruit into the meal you’re making – If you’re making a hot dinner try slicing a grapefruit and putting the halves in the oven with a little butter on them for a few minutes and eating one of the baked halves to fulfill the diet requirements. If you’re making smoothies for breakfast use grapefruit juice instead of water in the smoothies and eat the flesh of the juiced grapefruit while you’re making the smoothies. Incorporate the grapefruit into the meal makes it more likely you’ll eat the half you need to eat before you eat the meal.