Flight of the Concords

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Flight of the Concords Recipe

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

Is a cocktail without booze still a cocktail? Absolutely. This lively sip featuring juniper berries and concord grapes proves that a well-crafted beverage need not give the drinker a buzz to create one.

Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 cup)


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1/2 cup water
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons juniper berries, lightly crushed
12 ounces seedless Concord or black grapes (about 2 cups)
1 (2-inch) orange rind strip
1 (2-inch) rosemary sprig
2 cups tonic water
1 cup club soda
1/4 cup fresh orange juice
4 rosemary sprigs


Hands-on: 10 Minutes
Total: 35 Minutes

1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer 14 minutes or until liquid is slightly syrupy, stirring occasionally to break up grapes. Cool completely. Remove and discard orange rind and rosemary. Place grape mixture in a blender or food processer. Pulse until coarsely chopped. Strain liquid through a fine sieve over a bowl, pressing gently to extract liquid from solids; discard solids.

2. To prepare each cocktail, place 1/4 cup grape mixture in an ice-filled glass. Add 1/2 cup tonic water, 1/4 cup club soda, and 1 tablespoon orange juice. Garnish each drink with a rosemary sprig.

Created date

December 2015

Nutritional Information

Calories 162
Fat 0.1 g
Satfat 0.0 g
Monofat 0.0 g
Polyfat 0.0 g
Protein 1 g
Carbohydrate 42 g
Fiber 1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Iron 0.0 mg
Sodium 29 mg
Calcium 13 mg
Sugars 40 g
Est. Added Sugars 28 g