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What to do with… Grapes

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The humble grape finds new form in wine, vinegar, juice and as a perfect sneaky snack while shopping in supermarket aisles (is that why they’re in plastic bags now?).But grapes also have a place in drinks, especially of the summer variety, adding great texture and tartness to your homemade beverage of choice.

Muddling is the ultimate way to extract juice and flavour from grapes. It’s a particularly good option when you don’t have a shaker, too. Using a rolling pin or muddling stick if you happen to be an avid home bartender (they went out of fashion when the Caprioska fell by the wayside, but a good cookware shop will still stock them), you want to gently press the flesh of the grapes to break them up. Press too hard and they’ll fall apart, leaving you to contend with tiny chunks of grape in your straw while you drink. The straw always wins in this case. If you’ve got a shaker and a hard shaking technique, it can be used to break the grapes up and extract their flavour. Make sure you double strain using a tea strainer to keep those loose bits out. 

Grapes are a little sweet or a little tart, all varying depending on the season and the variety. You might then have to balance out with a sour or a sweet ingredient such as sugar syrup or lemon juice to get your own desired level of balance. If it’s all sounding too complicated, just try this one we prepared earlier.

 

The Grape Escape

Ingredients

  • 50ml PIMM’s
  • 90ml Schweppes Dry Ginger Ale
  • 3-4 mint leaves & mint sprig for garnish
  • 3 circular cut lemon slices
  • 3 halved red grapes
  • Ice

Method

  1. Combine PIMM’s, mint, lemon and grapes in a tall glass
  2. Fill glass with ice & top with dry ginger ale
  3. Garnish with a sprig of mint

(1 standard drink per serve)


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