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Author Notes: After a long walk in the woods this weekend, my friend and I settled in for a healthy kale salad lunch and a concoction that left us refreshed but able to carry on with the rest of our day, which included garden clean up, top dressing, and transplanting. This drink is light, pretty, and just shy of being a full on alcoholic drink. —Bevi
Makes one drink, with extra syrup for more
For the grape and red wine syrup
- 1 cup red wine - something fruity
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 cups whole seedless red grapes, then halved lengthwise
For the Princess Grape
- 6 grapes halves that have been poached in the grape and red wine syrup
- 5 small mint leaves
- 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoon grape and red wine syrup
- 1 ounce St. Germain
- 6 ounces or more cold seltzer or sparkling water
- 1 8 ounce glass
- Pour the red wine and the sugar in a 2-quart saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Bring to a boil, and then simmer gently until the liquid is syrupy and is reduced to about one half the original amount.
- Place the grapes in the liquid and stir often - about 15 minutes, until the syrup is quite unctuous. The syrup will produce little bubbles as it reduces. Take the grapes off the heat and allow them to cool. Then transfer the grapes and syrup to a liquid measuring cup. Allow the grapes and syrup to cool.
- Strain the syrup and set the 6 grape halves aside. You can use the remainder of the grapes in a salad, or as an ingredient in a dessert or sauce for an entree.
- In the bottom of an 8 oz. cocktail glass, place the grapes, the mint leaves, the lime juice, and the syrup for muddling. Throughly mash the ingredients. Then add the St. Germain. Top with enough seltzer to fill the glass. Serve and enjoy!
- NB - You can use fresh grapes - 3 - in place of the poached grapes, or a combination.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Fresh Herbs
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Grapes