Muddle Grape & Basil Cocktail...refreshing choice for summer! |

You know that feeling when you discover a flavor combination for the first time and it’s love at first taste? I had that experience a few weeks ago while grabbing brunch with a friend of mine at Market Bar. She ordered a muddled grape cocktail and I remember thinking to myself that grape didn’t sound like anything special, but I was oh so wrong!

Now I consider myself to be pretty adventurous with flavor, enjoying spicy cocktails, smoky cocktails, cocktails with egg whites, etc. Albeit I might not always fall in love with what I order but I’m always up for trying something new. For whatever reason muddled grape didn’t sound very interesting, but it was something new so I went for it. Not only did the pairing of grape and basil create a pleasant medley of flavor, it went down like water! By far this had to be the most refreshing cocktail I’ve ever had. I was immediately inspired to try my own version at home. Here’s how I went about it:

Step 1: Collect 1.5 – 2 cups of green grapes. I’ve also tried this recipe with muscat grapes which are a nice substitute for simple syrup if you have more of a sweet tooth like me.

Step 2: Tear 3 medium sized basil leaves.

Step 3: Add two shots of vodka. I am a total convert to Tito’s –thanks Elissa! Add desired amount of simple syrup (also optional).

Step 4: Muddle Muddle Muddle!

Step 5: Strain into ice-filled glass to avoid bits of basil in your teeth later on.

Step 6: Fill remainder of glass with soda water.

Step 7: Add a dash of bitters and stir with a straw. The bitters make the drink for me. I’m a total sucker for Angostura Bitters.

Step 8: Garnish with basil leaf & enjoy!

I plan on bringing this to picnics at the park or making a large batch for summer BBQs.

What’s your refreshing cocktail of choice? Have you discovered any surprising flavor combinations lately?

Grape-Basil Cocktail |

Grape-Basil Cocktail |

  • Sounds amazing. It almost end of work day here so almost happy hour

  • Oooh looks good! I must try this :)

  • Brianne Geiger

    Mmmm this sounds delish!

  • Amber Hillis

    Sounds so so good! :) I love your bar :)

  • This looks lovely and your bar is adorable!

  • A Life of Love and Joy

    Oh my! This sounds so tasty! I love anything grape! And I LOVE your nails! So pretty!