7 End-of-Summer Grape Cocktails

Grape Sparklers © Matt Armedariz
By F&W Editors Posted September 18, 2015

With summer coming to an end, the time for superjuicy grapes is now. So throw them into a refreshing, boozy beverage. Here, seven awesome grape cocktails to make now: 

With summer coming to an end, the time for superjuicy grapes is now. So throw them into a refreshing, boozy beverage. Here, seven awesome grape cocktails to make now: 

1. Grape Sparklers
In this delightfully fizzy cocktail, David Page showcases the fruitiness of just-pressed grape juice, blending it with dry sparkling wine to keep it from tasting too sweet.

2. Grapes of Wrath
Mixologist Leo Robitschek ingeniously muddles Concord grapes with simple syrup to release their sweet, tangy, fragrant pulp. He pours the muddled grapes over a swizzle of mezcal, sherry and Barolo Chinato, a spiced fortified red wine that enhances the drink’s grapey flavor.

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3. Concord Grape Gin Fizz
This vibrant purple cocktail—made with Concord grapes, gin, port and lemon—is frothy, fruity and refreshing.

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4. Red Grape Sangria
Lychee nectar–spiked sangria is perfect for the end of summer.

5. Red Grape & Coconut Refresher
This stunning cocktail features muddled red grapes, vodka, coconut water and Champagne.

6. Ice Breaker
Grapes appear in this drink in three forms: ice wine, a frozen grape garnish and vodka made from distilled grape, such as Cîroc or Roth.

7. Pisco Smash
High-quality pisco, even if made from hearty Quebranta, retains a fresh, grapey flavor, which is amplified in this refreshing cocktail by the addition of muddled grapes and Riesling.

Related: F&W’s Ultimate Cocktail Guide
15 Awesome Ways to Cook with Grapes
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