Short on grapefruits? Consider a grapefruit liqueur if you’re in a pinch, particularly a luxe expression like this one from the always on-point Giffard, made from steam-distilled pink grapefruit peels. The nose of Giffard’s Pamplemousse perfectly evokes sharp, sour Ruby Red grapefruit sitting on a Sunday morning brunch buffet, ready for digging into with mouth-puckering abandon. Fortunately, there’s sugar on the palate to help temper the sourness — which comes through on the tongue just as heavily as expected; as with many Giffard liqueurs, it leans more into brown sugar than white, which adds a slightly smoldering, caramel flavor to the experience. The finish is surprisingly cleansing, the sourness and slight bitterness of the grapefruit peel eventually dispatching the sugary elements.
A / $30