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It's About That Time


Andrew Pollard's It's About That Time Cocktail

Andrew Pollard's It's About That Time Cocktail

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It's About That Time is the creation of Andrew Pollard, who submitted this recipe to the Grapefruit Cocktail Contest (May/June 2011). The cocktail took top honors because of its creative use of not only of the main ingredient, but of the flavor combination as a whole. All of us agreed that this is a truly lovely cocktail.

The drink may seem complicated at first, yet if you break it down in parts it is not as daunting as one may think. The Spiced Grapefruit Sour can be made ahead of time and used in other cocktails as well, and the bitters are essentially placed in a atomizer and sprayed over a brulee torch.

Original recipe and Pollard's comments...

Full commentary on this drink and contest...

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail



  1. Muddle the mint and grapefruit sour in a chimney collins glass.
  2. Add gin, Campari, and fill the glass with ice.
  3. Stir well.
  4. Top with tonic water.
  5. Add bitters (see below for technique).
  6. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

*Spiced Grapefruit Sour (per cocktail)

To create, combine 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup distilled water and bring to a boil. Once dissolved, stir in 1/2 cup Ginger extract that is pressed through an extractor. Steep on low for 30 min. Fine strain and chill until needed.

**Caramelized Grapefruit Bitters
In a glass atomizer add Grapefruit Bitters. Once cocktail is a finished, proceed to ignite a brulee torch and spray bitters simultaneously. This effect intensifies the aromatic value of the bitters.

Recipe Courtesy: Andrew Pollard

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