Fresh Grape Mocktail

Fresh Grape Mocktail | She Paused 4 Thought

Making grape juice is not something I ever aspired to do, but now that I have, I can’t believe how simple it is. The reward is a fresh and naturally sweet juice with a tart note, making it a delightful base for a cocktail.

I don’t like overly sweet drinks, so I play up the tart side of grapes by pairing the juice with club soda, lime and a couple dashes of bitters. If you like sweeter drinks leave the bitters out.

The Recipe:

Just blend 2 cups of grapes in your blender until pureed. No extra liquid is needed. I strained the grapes with 1 layer of cheesecloth in a mesh strainer which made 1 cup of juice. If you use a juicer, the grape juice will be much lighter in color.

Fresh Grape Mocktail | She Paused 4 Thought

Once strained you simply mix in the lime, club soda and bitters. Pour into pretty glasses and garnish with extra grapes. Freezing the grapes for the garnish is another fun option.

I used Christmas Crunch Red Grapes, a seasonal variety of seedless red grape that is slightly larger and sweeter than the standard Red Seedless. 

Christmas Crunch Red Grapes - Melissas ProduceThe fruit has a pronounced crunch in texture and a distinctive flavor that has had time to develop with a late-season harvest. They are grown right here in California exclusively for Melissa’s Produce. You can order them online here or buy them at Gelsons or Bristol Farms in Southern California.

Fresh Grape Mocktail
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Recipe type: Drinks
 
This festive fresh grape drink is a refreshing holiday cocktail alternative.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups seedless red grapes (I used Christmas Crunch Red Grapes) plus more for garnish
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 10 dashes bitters (optional)
  • 1 cup club soda
Instructions
  1. Place the grapes in a blender and mix until pureed.
  2. Pour the puree through a fine-mesh strainer or 1 layer of cheesecloth set over a large measuring cup. Press on the solids to extract all the juice.
  3. Add the lime, bitters and club soda to the juice and stir. Divide among 4 martini glasses. Garnish with whole grapes.
Notes
Makes four 4-ounce drinks.
Total time: 20 minutes

Fun Grape Facts:

  • In the United States, well over 90% of all commercially grown table grapes come from California.
  • Botanically, grapes are not fruit but berries.
  • Grapes explode when you put them in the microwave. (berry funny)

I hope you enjoy this festive holiday drink packed with fresh flavor as much as I did.
…and then, she paused for thought.

Disclosure: This is not a sponsored post. I was sent a package of Christmas Crunch Red Seedless Grapes from Melissa’s Produce  be adventurous with. All opinions are my own.

About Cathy Arkle

Cathy Arkle is a food blogger, culinary explorer, graphic artist, and cooking class junkie. Her inspirations come from her travels across the globe (50 countries) in the last 20+ years partaking in various ethnic cuisines while working as a graphic artist for major networks (NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX & ESPN). She has collected a few Emmys in the field of graphic design for sports & entertainment. Cathy is also a graduate of the Pro Chef courses at The New School of Cooking in Culver City, CA

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18 Responses to Fresh Grape Mocktail

  1. CHERI NEWELL November 17, 2015 at 3:54 pm #

    This drink looks pretty and delicious! A must try for me!

    • Cathy Arkle November 17, 2015 at 5:47 pm #

      Thanks Cheri, I think you would really like it!

  2. Nanette November 17, 2015 at 8:25 pm #

    Looks wonderful! Great drink for fall. Unfortunately I could not bring my Vitamix with me! Booo, hooo. Yum.

  3. Pamela November 18, 2015 at 3:44 am #

    A must try for me!!!! Sounds lovely!! 🙂

  4. sippitysup November 18, 2015 at 5:55 pm #

    Fresh grape juice does sound like something I’d love to try. I’ll leave the bitters in mine. GREG

    • Cathy Arkle November 19, 2015 at 8:14 am #

      I’m with you Greg. I do hope you try it.

  5. Judy at My Well Seasoned Life. November 18, 2015 at 7:24 pm #

    Fresh grape juice delicious and pretty. Can’t wait to try.

    • Cathy Arkle November 19, 2015 at 8:15 am #

      I was surprised how different fresh grape juice tasted from what you buy made. It actually tastes like… grapes. Shocking, I know. 🙂

  6. Christy @ Confessions of a Culinary Diva November 20, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    What a refreshing cocktail (mocktail)! I love Christmas Crunch Grapes-never thought to make my own grape juice.

    • Cathy Arkle November 20, 2015 at 6:20 pm #

      Christy I do hope you give it a try.

  7. Adri Barr Crocetti November 22, 2015 at 10:56 am #

    WOW! This sounds great! Cheers!

  8. CC November 22, 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    First of all, I have to ask, how do you know about exploding grapes, Cathy? 😉 I love this idea and would love to sample one! It’s such a pretty drink too, and who knew grapes are really berries! I think I’ll be walking around today saying “Christmas Crunch”, just because I like the sound of it! Great post!

  9. Cathy | She Paused 4 Thought November 22, 2015 at 3:36 pm #

    LOL Christina, I am happy to say I have no experience with exploding grapes, I took somebody elses word for it. I had no idea they were berries either! Glad you enjoyed the post.

  10. Kelly Page (@TastingPage) December 11, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

    I love when the most simple of recipes turns out the best. This looks awesome. The frozen grapes is a great idea too.

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