Sunday, September 14, 2014
Food52: Concord Grape and Lemon Soda
Yesterday we got a blast of a cold front. I actually had to wear a sweater when I left my apartment. And the whole time I'm thinking, it's a bit early for it to get cold. I'm scared of a hard, long winter. My frozen fingers can't take it. Luckily, it's right back to being hot and muggy today. That didn't last long, did it? So of course I need a refreshing drink while the heat lasts. Concord grapes, take two. And...it's delicious. I'm beginning to think Concord grapes were just meant to be drinks.
Concord Grape and Lemon Soda
1 pound Concord grapes, rinsed and stems removed
½ cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick, broken in half
Zest and juice 1 lemon and put the zest in a heavy, wide saucepan. Set the juice aside. Add the grapes, sugar, cinnamon stick, salt and 2 tablespoons of water and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and cook gently over medium-low heat until the grapes have all broken down, about 20 minutes. Let cool. Press the grapes and juice through a fine mesh sieve until you have a smooth puree (you should have about ¾ cup). Discard the grape seeds and peels left in the sieve, as well as the cinnamon stick.
To make the soda: Cut the second lemon into thin wedges. Put several ice cubes in each of 6 tumblers. Add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of the grape puree to each glass. Fill with soda water and stir gently to combine. Add a lemon wedge to each glass and serve, with stirrers if you have them.
Makes 6 drinks