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New Cocktail: Gin and Juice

February 25, 2013

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Grape is one of the hardest flavors to utilize correctly. Think about all of the awful examples out there. Grape cough syrup tastes like someone designed it to suck. Grape soda, while being sort of delicious, tastes nothing like grapes. And grape jelly…well okay, I kind of love grape jelly. But as I was thinking of new ways to utilize my juicer and dreaming of spring and summer days filled with fresh fruits and veggies, I found myself fixated on this childhood favorite: the red seedless grape.

It turns out, fresh “squeezed” grape juice is wonderful. Not at all cloying like the crap you buy in the grocery store and vibrant in its purple color. I added a bit of lemon to the juice once it was squeezed to preserve that color and balance a bit of the sweetness. But once I paired it with my rosemary simple syrup and some strong proof gin, that’s where some serious deliciousness took place. Lay back, put your mind on your money, and your money on your mind and sip some of my “gin and juice”.

Gin and Juice

1.5 oz strong proof gin (I love Bluecoat)

3 oz fresh squeezed grape juice (with a touch of lemon to preserve color)

1 oz rosemary simple syrup (see recipe below)

splash of seltzer

1 rosemary sprig and three grapes for garnish

In a rocks glass mix the gin, grape juice and rosemary syrup. Fill glass with ice and finish with a splash of seltzer and your rosemary skewered grapes for garnish.

Rosemary Simple Syrup

4 large sprigs of rosemary

1.5 cups water

.5 cups of sugar
Juice of half a lemon

In a sauce pan over medium heat, bring the water, sugar, and lemon juice to a boil. Add the rosemary sprigs and simmer for 10 minutes. Cut the heat and let sit for an additional half hour before removing the rosemary sprigs. Cool before using. This syrup is a bit less sweet than I would normally make as the grape juice carries the sugar for the drink.

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