While you might be able to buy red and green grapes all year long, the fall months are when you’ll see a wide variety of them available in the grocery stores. In fact, the Whole Foods I shop had a whole table dedicated to grapes I don’t usually see. I picked up a package of Carignane grapes and set out to create something delicious with them. The result was this grape thyme cocktail made with a grape thyme syrup.
As we all know, grapes give us wine. But did you also know that grapes can be used to give us vodka? Yep, they can. Ciroc vodka is made from only grapes while Tahoe Blue Vodka is made with a mixture of sugar cane, grapes and grain. Since I had just restocked my bottle of TBV I figured it would be good to use for the making of a grape cocktail. If you don’t already have a bottle of this vodka, head over to their website to find out where you can purchase one.
At first, my plan was to muddle the grapes with fresh squeezed lemon and vodka. The drink was tart and not as good as I had hoped. Next, I started working on a grape simple syrup. As it was starting to boil I thought to myself that some thyme would be good in there. I’m not really sure how thyme came to mind but it did. So I went with it.
Once the grape thyme syrup was done cooling, I mixed up my cocktail again. It was much better and now blog worthy. I prefer my drinks sweeter so I used 3/4 of an ounce of the grape thyme simple syrup. My husband likes his a little less sweet and only wanted 1/2 of an ounce. I suggest starting with less and adding more if needed.
Grape Thyme Cocktail
- 2 ounces Tahoe Blue Vodka
- 1/2 to 3/4 ounces grape thyme simple syrup (recipe below)
- 1/2 fresh squeezed lemon
- Lemon twist for garnish
- Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with a lemon twist.
Grape Thyme Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup of sugar
- 1/2 cup of water
- 1/2 cup of grapes (I used Three Sisters Organics Carignane grapes)
- 2 sprigs of fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme
- Add all ingredients into a small saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring to a boil, stirring to combine sugar and water.
- Once boiling, reduce heat to low and let simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Occasionally stir the syrup and break the grapes.
- When the syrup is done, let it cool on the stove. Once cooled, strain it to remove the grape seeds and stems and the thyme.
- Store in a small mason jar in the refrigerator. Should last for a few days.
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