Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Grape Bourbon Smash

Recipe for a bourbon cocktail flavored with fresh grapes, lemon and elderflower liqueur.

Normally when we think about grapes and alcohol, we think wine. But fresh grapes taste completely different than fermented ones and actually make a great fruity addition to cocktails.

Recipe for a bourbon cocktail flavored with fresh grapes, lemon and elderflower liqueur.

You can always use juice to add fruit flavor to any spirit but a smash uses fresh fruit that's been muddled. So, in a sense, we're stomping grapes here only with a cocktail muddler and shaker. I've tried this drink with vodka, gin and rum and all were fine. But my preference was for the warm flavor of bourbon with the fresh sweet and slightly acidic taste of the grapes.

Recipe for a bourbon cocktail flavored with fresh grapes, lemon and elderflower liqueur.

Any grape you enjoy eating will work in this recipe but only the red skinned ones will give your drink that slightly pink hue. The little champagne grapes I used are a seasonal favorite and I admit I can't resist buying them when I find them. They're small and seedless with a wonderful crisp taste. And yes, they're highly decorative but we do eat (and drink) with our eyes. I would serve this drink with extra grapes and some good cheese. Cheers!
Yield: 2 Servings
Author: Anita Schecter
Recipe for a bourbon cocktail flavored with fresh grapes, lemon and elderflower liqueur.

Grape Bourbon Smash

Prep time: 7 MinTotal time: 7 Min
Recipe for a bourbon cocktail flavored with fresh grapes, lemon and elderflower liqueur.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. Bourbon
  • 4 oz. Juice from muddled grapes
  • 2 oz. Elderflower liqueur
  • 1 oz. Lemon juice
  • 1 oz. Simple syrup
  • Club soda for topping

Instructions

  1. Add about a cup of regular seedless red grapes or champagne grapes to a bowl and muddle using a wooden spoon or cocktail muddler. Strain out the pulp. You can also do this in a food processor. Feel free to add a tablespoon of water if needed to fully puree.
  2. Add the bourbon, grape puree, elderflower liqueur, lemon juice and simple syrup to a cocktail shaker. Fill with ice, shake well and pour into two cocktail glasses. Top with club soda and garnish with a few grapes, if desired.

Wednesday, July 14, 2021

Strawberries and Cream Popsicles

Recipe for sweet and tangy vanilla ice cream popsicles swirled with fresh strawberries.

It's hot and I want ice cream. Sometimes in a dish, sometimes in a waffle cone and sometimes in the form of an easy to grab popsicle. I don't discriminate when it comes to ice cream.

Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Loaded Pastrami and Swiss Sandwich

Recipe for an over-stuffed sandwich filled with pastrami, Swiss cheese, shredded lettuce, diced pickles, mayo and mustard on toasted Ciabatta rolls.

There's a fairly new gourmet market in my neighborhood and they specialize in beautiful, over-stuffed sandwiches. The menu is long and it's so hard to choose. But, you actually have plenty of time to make your choice because the line snakes around the block. Sigh.