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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thirsty Thursday - Grape Crush Cocktail

Who says grapes are only good for vino??? As of late my cocktails have been inspired by things I already have in the house. It challenges me to think outside the box a bit more than simply redoing the famous favorites that I have always adored. Todays drink is also special to me because it reminds me of sunday-fundays I used to have with some of my favorite gals. We would get all dolled up and head out to some Boston's finest "watering holes" one of which was the old Excelsior {now Bistro du Midi} where we put back quite a few white grape martinis. My blurred memory has me remember that This clear grape cocktail had a heavy punch but the frozen grape garnish was really what I loved. It was heavenly on a warm day. So taking a cue from good my glory days I thought I would create a white grape cocktail as the green grapes I was snacking on earlier this week were perfectly sweet and perfect for mixing with some tasty spirits. 

Check out all the details below to make this cocktail for yourself, you won't regret it!

{makes two cocktails}

1 bundle of washed white grapes
2 tablespoons simple syrup
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 cups soda water
4 ounces good vodka {I used Grey Goose}


night before skewer grapes onto straw or wood skewer and freeze
{if you dont have time to prepare frozen grapes, you can serve the grapes fresh or simply slice a few grapes in half and add to cocktail for garnish}
muddle up as many grapes as you wish in the bottom of a cocktail mixer {I used about 15 grapes}
add one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice & one tablespoon of simple syrup to muddled grapes
strain the grape juice from the mixer and evenly distribute into glasses that are filled with ice
pour 2 ounces of vodka into each glass
pour one cup of soda water into each glass 
stir & enjoy

DIY Washi Tape Pennants 

select your favorite washi tape patterns & wrap around edge of straw or skewer leaving the excess tape about 1 inch on both ends
align the tape ends together so the edges are flush to one another
trim the excess into the pennant shape you wish


I decided to buy myself some flowers along with my cocktail. Since my peonies from last week unfortunately met their demise, I decided to change not only the bloom but also the color palette and go with some bright greens and white. I arrange the flowers in my hand first moving around each piece till it has a good balance all around. Once I have what I envisioned I wrap a rubberband around the stems to hold the bouquet together and place in a vase.

1 comment:

  1. LOVED Excelsior's grape excess martini ~ can't wait to try your version! :-)


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