Zinfandel Grape, Mint + Gin Crush
Grapes are a lovely pop of color this time of year and should be used throughout the entire holiday season. Mixed with a little fresh mint, lemon juice, and gin, this sparkling cocktail is sure to be a crowd favorite at any party or on any drink menu.
1/2 cup purple-skinned grapes
2 loosely packed tablespoon of fresh mint
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 tablespoon freshly squeezed, strained lemon juice
3 tablespoons gin
sparkling water or seltzer
In a jar or cocktail shaker, combine the grapes, mint, & sugar.
Use a muddling stick to mash the grapes to a pulp.
Work in the lemon juice, then the gin.
Strain the mixture, pressing on the solids to extract all the good stuff.
Stir in ice, then strain into a glass filled with ice, & top off with a splash of sparkling water and thin slices of grapes.