Concord Grape and Lemon Soda

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Author Notes: Recently, I decided that I like the intense flavor of Concord grapes most in drink form. Several years ago, I tested and loved a recipe from the New York Times Magazine involving a heavily spiced grape purée to which you add vodka, lemon juice and soda water. So last week, I decided to make a Concord grape soda, inspired by the Times recipe. I cut way back on the spices, opting for a just a little cinnamon, because I wanted a purer grape flavor, and I upped the lemon juice, forgoing the vodka (but you don't have to!). The resulting soda was refreshing, intensely grapey, and a sure herald of fall.
Merrill Stubbs

Makes 6 drinks

  • 2 lemons
  • 1 pound Concord grapes, rinsed and stems removed
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
  • Pinch salt
  • Soda water
  1. Zest and juice 1 lemon and put the zest in a heavy, wide saucepan. Set the juice aside. Add the grapes, sugar, cinnamon stick, salt and 2 tablespoons of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and cook gently over medium-low heat until the grapes have all broken down, about 20 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Press the grapes and juice through a fine mesh sieve until you have a smooth puree (you should have about 3/4 cup). Discard the grape seeds and peels left in the sieve, as well as the cinnamon stick.
  3. To make the soda: Cut the second lemon into thin wedges. Put several ice cubes in each of 6 tumblers. Add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of the grape puree to each glass. Fill with soda water and stir gently to combine. Add a lemon wedge to a each glass and serve, with stirrers if you have them.

Tags: fall, juice

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over 1 year ago Benny

I've never made a grape soda before today. This was really good! Thank you!

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over 2 years ago spaetzlegirl

totally delicious! had never even had a concord grape before getting a few pounds of 'em in the csa this week, but i think i've found my go-to recipe...

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over 2 years ago ariellemeier

This is delicious and easy! Thank you.

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over 2 years ago luvcookbooks

Meg is a trusted home cook.

and congratulations! read the recipe first and the blog post later...

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over 2 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Thanks!

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over 2 years ago carol_tanenbaum

I've some ginger syrup in the fridge. Think I'm going to try it with this tomorrow.

Congratulations!

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over 2 years ago carol_tanenbaum

I've some ginger syrup in the fridge. Think I'm going to try it with this tomorrow.

Congratulations!

Merrill

over 2 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Thank you! And ginger syrup sounds like a great addition.

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over 2 years ago luvcookbooks

Meg is a trusted home cook.

love concord grapes and never thought of grape soda, thanks! my son loves fruit soda and this will be a little better and less expensive than the store bought.

Merrill

over 2 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Hope so!

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over 2 years ago Niknud

Wonderful. Makes me miss home where we had concord grapes growing wild in our backyard. Never thought to make a drink out of them - thanks for a little dose of New England.

Merrill

over 2 years ago Merrill Stubbs

Merrill is a co-founder of Food52.

Wow, how lovely!