Monday, October 1, 2012

Concord Cocktails

I have never really been a fan of grape-flavored things like soda and gum. Even grape jelly was always a runner-up choice when given the option of some kind of berry. Well, I may just change my tune. At the Friday farmers market in Citycenter Danbury, in addition to my regular selection of apples and pears, I decided to buy some concord grapes. I just needed something different.

concord grapes

Boy am I glad I did. They are the most amazing grapes I've ever tasted. Now, I get it. They are the quintessential grape flavor but better. Sweeter and crisper than I ever imagined. I don't even mind the large seeds. I just crunch right through 'em.

The original plan was to make grape tartlets, but it was a busy weekend and I never quite got to it. So until I get my baking on, I thought it might be fun to share the concord cocktails we whipped up instead.


Concord Cosmo
Makes 1 drink

  • 1/3 cup fresh concord grapes
  • 2 oz. vodka
  • 1/2 oz. triple sec
  • Ice
  • 3 grapes (for garnish)
  1. In a cocktail shaker mull the grapes.
  2. Pour in vodka and triple sec.
  3. Add ice and shake.
  4. Strain into a martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a few grapes around the rim of the glass.

Concord grape martini

Makes 1 drink

  • 8 fresh concord grapes
  • 3 oz. gin
  • Splash dry vermouth
  • Ice
  • 3 grapes (for garnish)
  1. Pour the vermouth into a martini glass. Swirl it around to coat the sides of the glass. Pour out the excess.
  2. Mull the grapes in a cocktail shaker.
  3. Pour in gin. Add ice and stir.
  4. Strain into a martini glass.
  5. Garnish with a few grapes.
I sure hope they have more of these amazing grapes this Friday at the farmers market. I may just buy them all.

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