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Flight of the Concords

Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen

Hands-on time 10 mins
Total time 35 mins
Yield

Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 cup)

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutrition 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

How to Make It

  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.