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)

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?


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

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

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

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

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