Taste Tested: Rosemary Concord Royale

This week, Julia’s shaking up a regal rosemary grape cocktail that’s perfect for holding court, no castle necessary.

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“The crowning touch to the end of an Ontario summer is always the triumphant return of concord (or coronation) grapes. A�Given my allegiance to sparkling wine, this cocktail came together in one pop. A�Think of it as the classic champagne cocktail, the French 75, with a lovely, local twist.”A�

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Recipe: Rosemary Concord Royale

I suspect the extra rosemary grape syrup would be great in a homemade Italian soda – especially if you happen to find yourself in recovery mode the next day!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Fill cocktail shaker with plenty of ice. Add in gin, syrup and lemon juice. **you can also muddle unfrozen concord grapes in the shaker prior to adding the ice – I prefer to leave add them in whole at the end, as edible ice cubes**
  2. Shake well (20-30 seconds) and strain into a glass of your choice (coupe, highball, tumbler, mason jar, flute, goblet…you really can’t go wrong here).
  3. Top with sparkling wine.
  4. Garnish with grapes and a sprig of rosemary.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 1

Recipe: Rosemary Concord Grape Simple Syrup

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Ontario concord grapes
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 sprigs Ontario rosemary

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, bring all the ingredients to a boil.
  2. Simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Strain liquid, removing grape skins and rosemary needles, and return to pan.
  4. Simmer for another 5 minutes to allow sauce to thicken.
  5. Let cool before using in cocktail **if using for dessert, pour directly onto ice cream!**

Cooking time: 25 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 8

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