Recently, some friends gave me a big box of concords, I raid their vines every year trying to beat the bears to the delicious little blue bubbles of goodness, and this years bounty didn’t disappoint! What do you really do with grapes? I’m genuinely curious. There’s grape juice, and jelly… but honestly what else do you all make with grapes? I have big plans for some syrup later this week. But I’m always looking for new ways to use them.
I had to keep an eye on the tiny hands in my house that kept sneaking the grapes, apparently I’m not the only one here with a fondness for these, they kept disappearing left and right. And I can’t really blame them.
This twist on traditional cider is super easy to make, grapes are simmered with apple cider and spices, to create a subtle fruity drink that is perfect for those crisp evenings. Your house will be smelling like fall in no time! That’s a thing, I swear, everyone knows it.
Your traditional apple cider, that’s been elevated by adding concord grapes and spices.
- 1 1/2 lbs concord grapes, washed and removed from stems
- 2 1/2 cups water
- 3 1/2 cups apple juice, or apple cider
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 whole anise seed
- 5 whole cloves
- 5 cardamom pods broken open
- 1 orange slice
- Combine all ingredients in a stock pot, bring to a boil over medium high heat, then simmer for 30 minutes.
- Strain juice through a fine mesh strainer into a large container pressing as much liquid from the grapes as possible.
- Serve warm.
- Store in a covered container for up to a few weeks in the refrigerator.
Keywords: Fall Cider, Concord Cider, Grape Juice