Ahh, 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
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