Recipe for Concord Grape Simple Syrup

Recipe for Concord Grape Simple Syrup and Mint Simple Syrup from Design Lively

My wonderful parents visited last weekend. They are wonderful in many ways, but particularly so because they hand-picked and hand-delivered 20 pounds of concord grapes to my doorstep.

The first few days were lovely – my kitchen smelled like vineyard deliciousness and we made my Concord Grape ice cream again! Then the fruit flies started to descend and I knew I needed to do something quickly!

The bulk of them went into the freezer (rinse, air dry, then freezer bag), and on a whim I decided to try making a concord grape simple syrup with what we hadn’t eaten already.  I’d gotten into the routine of making mint simple syrup this spring – and it’s a lip-smacking addition to iced tea, lemonade, and mojitos – I thought how delicious muddled raspberries, concord grape simple syrup and seltzer would be – and I was motivated! (And I promptly tested my theory – it was tasty.)

Next summer I will need to think ahead and make it in bulk – I think these would be great hostess gifts!

 Concord Grape Simple Syrup:

1. Wash 1 lb of grapes and put them into a pot with 2 TB water

2. Let simmer until the grapes pop open

3. Drain the mixture drain through a fine mesh strainer. You can use cheesecloth if you’re fancy and have that kind of thing on hand, which I never do. I just run it through a fine mesh strainer twice, pressing down the pulp with a spoon to get all the juice. Discard the pulp.

4. For every cup of grape juice you have, add .5 cup of water and 2 cups sugar to a pot.

5. Simmer until sugar is dissolved

6. Transfer to a glass bottle or jar while still warm. I pour it through the strainer (for good measure) into a funnel, into the bottle. (I get bottles from IKEA.)

 Mint Simple Syrup

1. Collect about 15 mint leaves

2. In a pot, add 1 cup of water and 2 cups of sugar

3. Mash the mint leaves in your palm a bit and toss in the pot

4. Simmer until the sugar is dissolved

5. Remove the mint leaves and pour syrup into a glass bottle or jar

Be sure to keep an eye on your simmering grapes to avoid a grape explosion… If I had my wits about me I’d have taken a photograph of the purple horror scene my (white) kitchen became while simmering grapes. I was running around the house doing laundry, while the grapes were simmering, and I walk through the kitchen only to find dark purple juice spattered all over my floor, the stove, the countertop, and my white cabinetry (upper and lower). Fortunately with a bit of scrubbing everything was looking good as new.

So tell me, what would you make with Concord Grape or Mint Simple Syrup? I have plenty left over for more taste testing!

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  1. Aimee Takach says:

    We are making the concord syrup to add to carbonated water to make sparkling grape juice! We usually only buy it at new years eve but thought it would be a nice end of summer treat!

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