In its own way, fall is a romantic season.
There are vibrant colors amid dreary skies; the return of warm, thick sweaters; and crispness in the air prompting a thirst for something a little richer on the palate. It is a season heralding warm apple cider, pumpkin pie, roasted squash, and the harvesting of grapes.
By the time the leaves begin to blush in the early fall air, early hybrid varieties—which are a cross between the classic European vinifera varieties and the native Concord and Niagara grapes—are ready for market.*
A local distillery known for its passion of fresh ingredients and creativity with cocktails, has now paired the well-known and loved Concord grape in a new recipe: Smash of the Concords. The cocktail, which does include muddling the fruit, balances the full-bodied flavor of Concord grapes with the lighter citrus of lemons, refreshing taste of mint leaves, and smooth molasses-based rum.
The resulting deep raspberry hue brings to mind the very grapes the drink is named for; and its flavor recalls an image of the retracting rays of summer light brushing against the vines.
SMASH OF THE CONCORDS
- 1.5 oz. Coppercraft Rum
- 0.75 oz. Simple syrup
- 0.5 oz. Fresh lemon juice
- 4 Concord grapes
- 3 Mint leaves
- Instructions: Muddle grapes and then combine simple syrup and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Add rum, mint, and ice before shaking well. Fine strain the contents into a cocktail glass with ice. Garnish with a skewered grape and a mint leaf.
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