As a bartender, I've seen it all. The classics, the trendy, the weird, and the downright disgusting. But there's one ingredient that always catches my attention: Concord grapes.
These small, dark purple grapes have a unique flavor that is both sweet and tart, making them a perfect addition to cocktails.
Concord grapes are native to the Northeastern United States and were first cultivated in the mid-19th century. They're known for their intense flavor and deep color, which makes them a favorite among bartenders looking to create visually stunning drinks.
But beyond their appearance, Concord grapes also have a rich history that dates back to the Native American tribes who used them for food, medicine, and even dye.
When it comes to cocktails, Concord grapes can be used in a variety of ways. They can be muddled, juiced, or even turned into a syrup.
Their flavor pairs well with a variety of spirits, including gin, vodka, and whiskey. And because they're so versatile, there's no shortage of creative ways to incorporate them into your next drink.
In this blog post, I'll be sharing some of the best Concord Grape Cocktail recipes that I've come across in my years as a bartender.
From classics with a twist to innovative new creations, there's something for everyone. So sit back, grab a glass, and get ready to explore the world of Concord Grape Cocktails.
1. Concord Grape Moscow Mule
The Concord Grape Moscow Mule is a delightful twist on the classic Moscow Mule cocktail. This cocktail features a homemade concord grape syrup that adds a sweet and tart flavor to the drink. The syrup is made by boiling water, sugar, and fresh concord grapes, resulting in a rich and flavorful syrup that gives the cocktail a beautiful purple hue.
The cocktail is then made by adding vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice to the grape syrup, creating a refreshing and fruity cocktail that is perfect for a summer day. The sweet-tart flavor of the concord grapes pairs perfectly with the tart lime and spicy ginger beer, making this cocktail a must-try for anyone looking for a unique and flavorful cocktail.
2. Concord Lime Vodka Collins
The Concord Lime Vodka Collins is a refreshing and delightful cocktail that is perfect for fall. Made with Concord grapes, lime, vodka, and a touch of cayenne and black pepper, this cocktail has a subtle grape flavor that is not overwhelming.
It is a classic vodka Collins with a grape-y twist that is sure to impress your guests. This cocktail is part of a larger article featuring the best Concord Grape Cocktail recipes, and it is definitely worth trying out. So, if you're looking for a new cocktail to add to your repertoire, give the Concord Lime Vodka Collins a try.
3. Rosemary Concord Grape Cocktail
The Rosemary Concord Grape Cocktail is a perfect drink to celebrate the fall season. This cocktail is infused with the flavors of concord grape and rosemary, making it a unique and delicious drink. The purple hue of the cocktail is visually appealing and the combination of the concord grapes with rosemary creates a tantalizing aroma.
This cocktail is perfect for adults, but can also be made as an alcohol-free version for kids. With the fizz from the ginger beer, this cocktail is sure to tickle your taste buds and leave you wanting more. If you're looking for a unique and flavorful cocktail to enjoy this fall, the Rosemary Concord Grape Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
4. Transfusion Drink
The Transfusion Drink is a refreshing and unique highball cocktail that is a must-try for any cocktail enthusiast. Made with vodka, Concord grape juice, lime, and ginger ale, this cocktail has a sweet and tart flavor with a hint of spicy ginger and a musky finish. Concord grapes are a unique variety that brings a natural grape soda flavor to the drink.
The Transfusion is a popular drink at golf clubs and country clubs, but its origins are unknown. This cocktail is perfect for any season and occasion, whether it's a summer day or a winter night. If you're looking for a new and exciting cocktail to try, the Transfusion Drink is definitely worth a taste.
5. Concord Thyme
The Concord Thyme is a roasted Concord grape cocktail that is perfect for fall and holiday season. The base of the cocktail is a puree made from roasted Concord grapes, which intensifies and distills the sweetest essence of the fruit. The cocktail is complemented with the addition of thyme, which adds a subtle herbal note to the drink.
This cocktail is not only delicious but also visually stunning with its perfect color. While working with cooked Concord grapes can be a bit messy, the end result is worth the extra effort. If you're looking for a unique and flavorful cocktail to serve at your next gathering, the Concord Thyme is definitely worth trying.
6. Zinfandel Grape, Rosemary + Gin Crush
The Zinfandel Grape, Rosemary + Gin Crush is a refreshing and unique cocktail that is perfect for those who want something different from the usual fruity drinks. The combination of grapes, rosemary, and gin creates a complex and flavorful drink that is balanced out by a splash of lemon juice and fizzy water.
The cocktail is also visually stunning, with a deep purple hue that is sure to impress. While the recipe may be a bit labor-intensive, the end result is well worth the effort. If you're looking for a cocktail that is both delicious and impressive, the Zinfandel Grape, Rosemary + Gin Crush is definitely worth a try.
7. Concord Grape Gin Fizz
The Concord Grape Gin Fizz is a festive and refreshing cocktail that is perfect for any occasion. Made with aquafaba, a vegan substitute for egg whites, and a few simple ingredients, this cocktail is ready in just five minutes. The aquafaba creates a foamy effect on top of the drink, making it visually appealing and adding a unique texture to the cocktail.
The addition of concord grape juice and maple syrup balances out any residual "bean" flavor from the aquafaba, resulting in a delicious and fruity cocktail. This cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a vegan and unique twist on a classic gin fizz.
8. Purple Passion Cocktail
The Purple Passion Cocktail is a nostalgic drink that takes us back to the 80s and 90s. This grape-flavored cocktail was a cult favorite due to its fruity taste and high alcohol content. The deep purple color and sweet-tart flavors make it a fun and delicious drink.
While the original bottled cocktail used Everclear, this recipe uses vodka to make it easier to find and less potent. The combination of concord grape juice, grape-flavored Kool-Aid or Wild Purple Smash Hawaiian Punch, vodka, and simple syrup creates a perfect balance of flavors. If you're looking for a fun and nostalgic drink, the Purple Passion Cocktail is a must-try.
9. Mulled Concord Grape Cider
The Mulled Concord Grape Cider is a delicious fall cocktail that combines the sweetness of concord grapes with the taste of fall spices.
It's a healthy option, naturally vegan and refined sugar-free. The aroma of the mulled cider is sure to fill your home with the scents of fall, making it the perfect drink to enjoy on a cozy night in.
10. Grape Escape Cocktail
The Grape Escape Cocktail is a unique and flavorful drink that is sure to impress. Made with sweet potato shochu as the base, this cocktail has a smoky, sweet flavor that pairs perfectly with the sweetness of Concord grapes.
Muddled grape skins add a tangy flavor and a beautiful pastel magenta hue to the drink, while pink peppercorns offer a floral aroma and a touch of warmth. A hint of honey balances out the tartness of the grapes, resulting in a perfectly balanced cocktail. If you're looking for a new and exciting way to enjoy Concord grapes, the Grape Escape Cocktail is definitely worth a try.
11. Blood Orange Manischewitz Cocktail
If you're looking for a unique and delicious cocktail to serve at your next Jewish holiday celebration, the Blood Orange Manischewitz Cocktail is definitely worth trying. This cocktail is made with reduced Manischewitz wine syrup and freshly squeezed blood orange juice, creating a sweet and tangy flavor that pairs perfectly with Passover dishes.
The cocktail is also kosher for Passover, making it a great option for those observing the holiday. Even if you're not celebrating Passover, this cocktail is a fun and creative way to incorporate Manischewitz wine into your drinks. So, if you're looking for a tasty and festive cocktail to impress your guests, give the Blood Orange Manischewitz Cocktail a try.
12. Peanut Butter and Jelly Cocktail
If you're looking for a unique and nostalgic cocktail, the Peanut Butter and Jelly Cocktail is a must-try. This sweet and nutty drink is made with peanut butter whiskey and grape simple syrup, giving it the perfect balance of flavors.
The cocktail is garnished with a tiny PB&J sandwich, making it a fun and memorable addition to any event. While it may not be for everyone due to its sweetness, it's definitely worth a try for those who enjoy a playful twist on classic flavors.