thirsty thursday: the elvis

My mom and dad were in town this past weekend. It was a weekend full of fabulous weather, great food, exploring, and great family time. I was blissfully happy all weekend.


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I think one of the best things about family visiting {as I’ve found more and more recently} is that the minutes seem to stretch out into hours, making the visits feel so much longer than they really are. The four of us, including sweet Lane puppy, spent so much time gathered around the table on the back porch, enjoying the warm weather, sunshine, and good company.

…and since it’s time for our weekly ‘thirsty thursday’ post, I thought it appropriate to share the fantastic cocktail that my mom enjoyed several times over their visit! Both of my parents appreciate a good cocktail, and my mom in particular loves we we get to share sips of fun drinks. We all know by now that the hubs of mine is a great mixologist; my mom is frequently sending us recipes she stumbles across. Whether it’s Bon Appetit or Southern Living, or one passed along by a friend, we keep these in our back pocket.

Enter ‘The Elvis’.

image courtesy of Bon Appetit magazine

As described in this month’s Bon Appetit, the drink has symmetry due to “bitter notes from grapefruit and ale balance the floral sweetness of the gin and liqueur – one sip and it will all make sense.”

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And my dears, it truly does.

Picture this…sipping an icy cold cocktail and wave after wave of flavor hitting your palette. The first note I picked up on during my first sip was the gin. Another small sip later and I was getting the floral St.-Germain atop of the gin. Lastly, the tangy grapefruit and hoppiness of the IPA layered atop the drink tantalize your mouth, making you want to go back for another sip, and another sip. Before you know it, it’s vanished!

When you prepare to make this drink {and trust me, you want to make this drink!}, plan on buying enough grapefruits for several rounds. We found that one large grapefruit produces enough juice for two cocktails, and I had purchased two. It was the perfect amount to last a weekend of fun, but if you’re entertaining you’ll want several more on hand.




The Elvis {recipe from Bon Appetit Magazine}

Makes 1 drink


3 ounces fresh pink grapefruit juice

1.5 ounces London dry gin

1/4 ounce St.-Germain {elderflower liqueur}

India Pale Ale {IPA} of choice for serving {we used Founder’s IPA, as it is what we have on tap}

Grapefruit twist, for serving

To Prepare:

Combine grapefruit juice, gin and liqueur in a cocktail shaker. Fill shaker with ice and shake until the outside of the shaker is frosty, about 30 seconds. Strain into a rocks glass {we used copper mugs!} and top off with ale. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.


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