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.
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
Est. added sugars 28g
How to Make It
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.
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.