Seasonal Cocktail: Concord Grape Caipirinha

Seasonal Cocktail: Concord Grape Caipirinha

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Rebekah Peppler
Sep 17, 2010
Sweet, tart and in-season-right-now concord grapes blend splendidly with sugar-cane based cachaça. There are so many great ways to say cheers -- proost (Dutch), Sláinte (Scottish), Kanpai (Japanese) -- this weekend we're taking the Brazilian route and toasting Saúde with this seasonal take on the traditional Caipirinha. Concord Grape Caipirinha serves 2 1 cup concord grapes 1/3 cup water 1/3 cup granulated sugar 2 limes; quartered 4 ounces cachaça 6-8 concord grapes; for garnish lime wheels; for garnish To make the concord grape simple syrup: combine concord grapes, water and granulated sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir, slightly crushing the grapes with your spoon, until the sugar dissolves, 3-5 minutes. Turn off heat and set aside to cool. Distribute lime wedges between two glasses and use a muddle to smash the wedges and release their juice. Into each glass, pour in 1 1/2 ounces cooled concord grape simple syrup, 2 ounces cachaça and a few ice cubes. Stir to combine and garnish with additional concord grapes and lime wheels. Saúde! Related: Straight Up: What Is Cachaca? (Images: Rebekah Peppler)
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