Monday, July 15, 2013

Fresh Grape Fizz

I love Trader Joe's. But they're not perfect. Maybe it's only their locations in Boston, but the produce at TJ's here has some longevity issues. Still, I do almost all of my shopping there, so I end up buying some questionable fruits and veggies.

Back to the subject at hand. I bought a 2 pound carton of their seedless grape medley, and two days later the grapes were looking as if they might not last another 6 hours. What to do with a heaping pile of slightly-softening fruit?


Make a cocktail!

But seriously, this is a great way to use up fruit that is about to go. Sure, you could make a "SMOOTHIE" that some might call "HEALTHY," but where's the fun in that? This is America.

This is a vodka-based cocktail; the grape flavor is very light so a fairly tasteless alcohol lets it shine. I think gin would overpower it, but rum could work if that's to your liking. (And don't get me started on how "grape-flavored" things taste nothing - *nothing* - like actual grapes. This is one of the world's travesties I will likely never come to terms with.)

The Grape Fizz also incorporates fresh lemon and honey, two of my favorite flavors.

A perfect way to use up fruit or an excuse to go buy some grapes! (And a lovely way to showcase these vintage champagne/cocktail glasses.)

Fresh Grape Fizz

makes 2 normal size cocktails, or 4-5 mini cocktails as shown above

1 cup grapes (I used black grapes - see photo. You can use any you like!)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon honey
3 oz vodka Splash of seltzer (I used Polar lime seltzer but unflavored would be fine)
Ice

In a blender, puree grapes, lemon juice, and honey until smooth.

Pour grape mixture through a sieve into a cocktail shaker. Use a spoon or spatula to press the solids into the sieve to retain as much liquid as possible.

To the cocktail shaker, add 3 oz (2 jiggers) vodka and a handful of ice. Shake well to chill!

Strain cocktail into glass. Top with a splash of seltzer.




Is that color not fabulous?

4 comments:

  1. Welcome back!!!! Can't wait to create this tasty cocktail tonight (with my aging TJs grapes) and toast to your return!!!

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  2. Michelle GiordanoJuly 15, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    I'm so happy your back!! xoxo, Michelle

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  3. Couldn't have said it better, Michelle!

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