FROM LEFT: Claire Smith; Belvedere Pink Greyhound

Citrus Explosion
As the world’s first superpremium vodka, Belvedere has built a superior reputation in the spirits world. To up its ante, the Polish vodka brand added a grapefruit flavor to its already impressive repertoire this spring.

Belvedere head of spirit creation and mixology Claire Smith says Belvedere Pink Grapefruit is made through a process called maceration, in which fresh grapefruit is steeped in vodka for weeks and then distilled to create a nonsynthetic, naturally flavored libation.

“We also add in fresh ginger and spring lemon from Murcia, Spain,” says Smith.

“They’re blended together to create a pretty, delicate and expressive pink grapefruit aroma and palette with a hint of spice, which brings a bit more sex appeal and character to the vodka.” Available at Mel & Rose, 8344 Melrose Ave., Los Angeles, 323-655-5557;


1 1/2 ounce. Belvedere Pink Grapefruit
4 ounces. pink grapefruit juice
Pour into an ice-filled rocks glass and garnish with a grapefruit slice.

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