You probably have never heard of a Nevada Cocktail; I certainly hadn't until I found it listed in one of those huge cocktail guide books you see everywhere. I'm not even sure it's a real cocktail; if you ordered one in a bar, your bartender may very well greet you with a blank stare. Anyway, being a big fan of greyhounds (vodka and grapefruit juice), I thought I would give this one a try. I loved it right away and even my boyfriend, who generally doesn't drink cocktails, thought it was great. Although it calls for grapefruit and lime juice, these flavors are tempered by the sugar and rum; the ingredients come together in such a way that nothing is too tart, too bitter, or too sweet. It probably helps that I used perfectly ripened pink grapefruits rather than juice from concentrate; I would recommend that you do the same. Cheers!
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3 ounces golden or light rum
3 ounces freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice
1-1/2 ounces freshly-squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons sugar
2 to 3 dashes agostura or peychaud bitters

Cooking Instructions

Combine all of the ingredients in a shaker and then fill the shaker halfway with ice cubes. Shake well. Strain into chilled martini glasses and serve.

Makes 2 drinks



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In this drink, I prefer the sweeter juice that comes from using pink grapefruits but you can also use white grapefruits if that is all you can find. If you only have canned or bottled grapefruit juice from concentrate, skip this and find another drink to try. The beauty of this recipe lies in the lively flavor that can only be achieved by using freshly-squeezed juices.

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