6006_091510_cocktail_hdAhh, grapes. They make a perfect healthy snack and a wonderful alcoholic beverage (and in many different hues!). But when the snacking and wine tasting comes to a close, we want to make sure that we aren’t completely rejecting the over encompassing power of the little bursts of sweetness that are grapes – and specifically Concord grapes. So bring out the booze and get out the grapes, because we’re making a cocktail (or 5).

Concord Grape Smash: (1 serving)

  • 2 oz. white rum
  • ½ lemon, cut into fourths
  • ¾ oz. simple syrup
  • 4 to 6 mint leaves
  • 4 to 6 concord grapes

Muddle the lemon, mint, and grapes briefly in a cocktail shaker then add the simple syrup and rum. Add ice and shake well. Strain into a glass with ice and then garnish with a few grapes or a mint sprig.

Recipe found on food52.com

Sparkling Grape Cocktail: (1 serving)

  • 1 lemon wedge
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint
  • 1 tsp. sugar
  • ¼ cup grape juice
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • ice cubes
  • club soda
  • 1 small bunch Concord grapes

Place lemon and mint in the bottom of a cocktail shaker; add sugar and muddle. Add in vodka and grape juice. Fill shaker with ice and shake vigorously. Fill a glass with ice and strain mixture into glass. Top with club soda and then garnish with grapes.

Recipe found on marthastewart.com

Concord Grape Margarita: (1 serving)

  • 1.5 oz. tequila
  • 1 oz. Concord grape juice
  • ¾ oz. lemon juice
  • 1 spoonful of Concord grape jelly
  • salt

Add all ingredients to an ice filled shaker and shake. Rim a glass with salt and fill with ice, then pour mixture into the glass and serve.

Recipe found on liquor.com