As a bartender, I’m always on the lookout for unique and exciting ingredients to add to my arsenal. One of my recent discoveries is verjus, a tart and acidic juice made from unripe grapes.
While it may not be as well-known as other cocktail ingredients, verjus adds a refreshing and unexpected twist to any drink.
Verjus has a long history in culinary traditions, dating back to ancient Rome. It was commonly used as a substitute for vinegar in sauces and marinades, and eventually found its way into the world of cocktails.
Its bright acidity and fruity notes make it a versatile ingredient that can be used in a variety of drinks.
One of the things I love about verjus is its ability to balance out sweet and savory flavors. It pairs perfectly with herbs like basil and thyme, as well as fruits like strawberries and raspberries.
It also works well with spirits like gin and vodka, adding a crisp and tangy element to classic cocktails.
Over the years, I’ve experimented with verjus in a variety of cocktails, from simple spritzers to complex concoctions. In this blog post, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite verjus cocktail recipes, along with tips on how to incorporate this unique ingredient into your own drinks.
Whether you’re a seasoned bartender or a home mixologist, I hope these recipes will inspire you to try something new and exciting in your next cocktail creation.
1. Apple Verjus Spritz
The Apple Verjus Spritz is a refreshing and delicious non-alcoholic cocktail that highlights the unique flavor of Verjus, a juice made from unfermented grapes. This particular blend is made from Pinot Noir grapes and is grown, produced, and bottled at Featherstone Estate Winery.
The cocktail is made by adding a dash of simple syrup, fresh slices of apples and blood oranges, and topping it with soda. The result is a sparkling beverage that is perfect for any occasion. The Apple Verjus Spritz is a must-try for anyone looking for a unique and flavorful non-alcoholic cocktail.
2. Ebenezer’s Envy
If you’re looking for a non-alcoholic cocktail that captures the spirit of Christmas, look no further than “Ebenezer’s Envy.” This Verjus-based mocktail is a perfect balance of sweet and tart, with apricot jam and gingerbread syrup providing the sweetness and Verjus offering a tart counterpoint.
The Seedlip Spice 94 adds a complex depth of flavor with notes of allspice, cardamom, grapefruit peel, lemon peel, and oak bark. This cocktail is a great option for those who want to enjoy the holiday spirit without the alcohol. So, give it a try and let your taste buds experience the magic of Christmas.
3. Sloe Grape Run
If you’re looking for a unique cocktail to try, the “Sloe Grape Run” is definitely worth a taste. Made with Belvedere Vodka, Sloe Gin, Verjus, Bitters, and Ontario’s Blue Grapes, this cocktail is perfect for fall. The tart and sweet flavors of the grapes complement the sloe gin perfectly, while the verjus adds a subtle acidity to the drink.
The addition of bitters and soda give it a nice balance and depth of flavor. Even if you’re not a fan of vodka, this cocktail is worth a try as it’s a great way to introduce yourself to other spirits. So, if you’re looking for a unique and delicious cocktail to try, give the “Sloe Grape Run” a shot.
4. Last Word Cocktail
The Last Word Cocktail is a sophisticated and refreshing drink that combines green Chartreuse, dry gin, maraschino liqueur, and lime juice in equal parts.
Despite its simple recipe, the cocktail has a complex flavor profile that is both sweet and tart, with a hint of bitterness from the Chartreuse. It has become a cult favorite among cocktail enthusiasts and is perfect for sipping on a warm evening or enjoying as an aperitif before dinner.
The Mojito is a classic Cuban cocktail made with lime, mint, and fizzy club soda. This refreshing drink is traditionally made with rum, but the mocktail version is just as delicious without the alcohol.
The homemade peppermint syrup adds a fresh and authentic flavor to the drink. If you love the combination of lime and mint, the Mojito is a must-try.