grape crush

concord grapes are still in season and covered in bees at the local greenmarket. we've seen lots of great inspirations of how to use them around town - jellies, sorbet and a wonderful cocktail at Gramercy Tavern. we used these delicious seasonal grapes last year in an amazing grape tart. this year we decided to try a cocktail, The Grape Crush. make the grape concentrate and simple syrup ahead of time and keep it in the fridge so you can whip up a cocktail whenever you feel the urge! hope everyone has a great weekend and a happy halloween!

The Grape Crush
serves 1

2 oz Hendricks gin
1 oz fresh lime juice (about 1/2 lime)
1 oz grape concentrate, see recipe below
2 tbs lemon simple syrup, see recipe below
4 oz soda water
in a cocktail shaker, combine gin, lime juice, grape concentrate, simple syrup and ice. shake well and strain into a highball glass filled with crushed ice. top with soda water, stir and enjoy.

Concord Grape Concentrate
1 lb concord grapes, stems removed
2 tbs lemon juice
combine grapes and lemon juice in a medium saucepan over high heat. cook, stirring frequently, until grapes release their juices, about 7 minutes. strain through a fine mesh sieve and cool completely.

Lemon Simple Syrup
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup water
1-inch zest of lemon
combine sugar, water and lemon in a small saucepan over high heat. bring to a boil and cook just until sugar is dissolved. remove from heat and let sit 5 minutes. discard lemon zest and let syrup cool completely.


Maggie said...

This sounds lovely!

Jennifer said...

This refreshing cocktail will serve the perfect partner for my Grape Crush lip smacker gloss.

Amanda said...

I tried my first Hendricks gin and tonic a few weeks ago, and it was delicious. I've been looking to try Hendricks another way, and this looks perfect.Thanks!

Megan said...

YUM! I may have Brian whip up a pitcher of these as a birthday treat...we miss you guys!!

Caviar and Codfish said...

You had me at concord grapes but then I saw the Hendricks, and, oh my, it's 9 on a Tuesday and I itching for a cocktail!

Mindy said...

I was wondering what I was going to do with those grapes I bought...Thanks.

celeste kellerhouse said...

Heres another way to enjoy Hendricks:

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Rich Amor said...

sugar riched, defenately a good taste