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
What You'll Need
For the grape and red wine syrup
red wine - something fruity
whole seedless red grapes, then halved lengthwise
For the Princess Grape
grapes halves that have been poached in the grape and red wine syrup
small mint leaves
fresh lime juice
grape and red wine syrup
or more cold seltzer or sparkling water
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.