Sweeten your everyday!



I don’t drink many grape-inspired libations. However, I wanted to change that.

Wine is a great option if you want the
traditional experience, but I wanted to go beyond the surface and see what spirit pairs best with this amazing year-round fruit—especially when it comes to table grapes.

After many trials and testing (and a couple of internet searches), I’ve found that table grapes are best accentuated by some sweetness in the form of a mint-infused syrup. Purely muddling herbs with them produced overpowering herbal notes, and grapes need a strong flavor profile to fully come through. The Concord grape is one variety I leaned toward, and imagine my surprise when I spotted Manischewitz while perusing the aisles.

It’s sweet, easy to drink, and has that complete, concentrated, Concord experience. The spirit pairs perfectly with a few frozen table grape garnishes, and it makes for an easy way to cross-merchandise with bags in the aisles.

Give it a few spins around a handful of crushed ice, and you’ve made yourself an easy-sipping drink.


cocktail ingredients

1 oz gin or white rum of choice (we recommend The Botanist or Captain Morgan, respectively)

½ oz sweet Concord wine, such as Manischewitz

½ oz mint-infused simple syrup

Crushed ice

Frozen red or green table grapes, for garnish


mint-infused simple syrup

½ cup sugar, Turbinado preferred

½ cup water

Small handful of fresh mint


Time: 10 mins

Freeze time: 30 mins

Servings: 1


1. Rinse your table grapes, and pat them dry before placing them in the freezer. If using a cocktail skewer, skewer first to make for easy garnish.

2. Make a mint-infused simple syrup by stirring sugar, water, and mint over medium heat. Dissolve the sugar and continue stirring until the mixture comes to a gentle boil. Turn the heat off and let it cool.

3. Pour gin or white rum, concord wine, and simple syrup into a glass. I prefer the white rum base, but please feel free to experiment!

4. Top with crushed ice and stir.

5. Garnish with frozen grapes and enjoy!

Note: If you want a less-watered-down version, replace crushed ice with frozen grapes to keep the drink nice and chilled.