Concord Crush

Concord Crush
  • Yield:makes 1 cocktail, plus extra grape purée
  • Active time:10 minutes
  • Total time:10 minutes

[Photograph: Alice Gao]

This grapey gimlet from Gramercy Tavern is a perfect use of the fresh Concord grapes that you might find at the farmers' market. You can make a batch of the grape purée in advance and freeze it. Just thaw the night before you intend to make the cocktail.

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Ingredients

  • For the Grape Purée:
  • 1 pound Concord grapes
  • 1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • For the Cocktail
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 1/4 ounce grape purée
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 4 grapes

Directions

  1. 1.

    Pull grapes from their stems. Set aside 4 whole grapes. Place rest of grapes in blender with 1/4 ounce lime juice (to prevent browning). Blend to completely purée the grapes. Strain the purée through a fine-mesh strainer, pushing it through with the back of a ladle.

  2. 2.

    Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, grape puree, lime juice, simple syrup, lime wedges, and whole grapes. Shake vigorously and pour contents of shaker into an old-fashioned glass without straining.