Today’s vodka and grape juice recipe is going to show you how to make a delicious drink for your next cocktail party. All you need is a few simple, fresh ingredients.
What Is Vodka and Grape Juice Called?
Our vodka and grape juice recipe is a take on the classic Transfusion cocktail. It’s a type of famous alcoholic golf drink.
A glass of Transfusion usually consists of grape juice, lime juice, vodka, club soda, and ginger syrup. This drink is often available on the menu of most golf or country clubs.
Bartenders often add their own touches to the drink to give it more character.
For example, some mixologists use ginger ale or ginger juice instead of club soda. To take the drink to the next level, fresh made Concord grape juice is used instead of commercial grape juice.
Since Concord grapes are a type of wine grape, they have a distinctive wine-like flavor that compliments the cocktail. In addition, the juice made from fresh Concord grapes has a robust fruity flavor that commercially bottled juice doesn’t.
Types of Grapes for This Drink
As mentioned, Concord grapes are commonly used in a Transfusion cocktail. However, if they’re not available, here are a few other grape varieties to choose:
- Moon drops: these finger-shaped grapes have a deep purple color and a similar taste to Concord grapes. Their sweet and slightly tangy flavor is perfect for juicing.
- Crimson seedless: these vibrant table grapes are both sweet and tart with an attractive fruity fragrance. When juiced, the bright red color of the skin will give the juice a tinted hue.
Is Vodka and Grape Juice Healthy?
Like this potent ACV beverage and our simple concord grape juice, most of our drinks are healthy, but today’s vodka and grape juice recipe does contain alcohol. We wouldn’t want to promote alcohol and call this drink healthy because that would be misleading.
We do, however, recommend drinking in moderation. USDA dietary guidelines suggest drinking only one drink containing 1.5 fl oz of 80 proof alcohol per day.
That being said, our recipe contains only 1 fl oz of 80 proof vodka in one drink. This amount of alcohol is enough to adhere to USDA guidelines and maintain the cocktail’s flavor.
Apart from alcohol, this drink also contains grape and lime juice.
Grapes are a great source of anthocyanins. This is a type of flavonoid with antioxidant properties.It has been thought to have antidiabetic, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and anti-obesity effects.
There are 140 calories per serving of our vodka and grape juice.
With this amount of calories, you can pair it with a 2-course meal. It’ll make a delicious, refreshing after-dinner drink.
Can You Drink Too Much Vodka and Grape Juice?
Overdrinking anything— from juice, alcohol, to even water, can be problematic.
Drinking too much alcohol can lead to many health issues such as dehydration, bloating, and high blood pressure, etc.
As mentioned, you are advised to consume only 1.5 fl oz of 80 proof spirits per day. Heavy drinking is the consumption of 4 or more drinks per day or 8 or more drinks per week.
“But what about grape juice? Isn’t it healthy?”, you may wonder.
Grape juice contains lots of micronutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin K, potassium, etc. It also brings many health benefits, including the reduction of “bad” cholesterol and the risk of chronic disease and the prevention of high blood pressure.
There may not be a specific guideline on how much sugar from fruits and vegetables you can eat per day. But it’s best to keep your sugar consumption to a minimum.
To ensure you don’t drink too much of either, our vodka and grape juice contains just the right amounts of alcohol and juice.
How to Make Vodka and Grape Juice
Here’s a brief summary of our vodka and grape juice recipe:
Step 1: Juice the grapes
Step 2: Add vodka, sugar, lime juice, and lime zest
Step 3: Pour the drink into 4 glasses, add ice, and fill the glass with soda. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.
Garnishing plays an important role in making cocktails because it manifests the soul of the drink and makes it whole. Other than improving the drink’s appearance, the garnish also represents the drink, suggesting the ingredients it’s containing.
For today’s Transfusion cocktail, grapes, a sprig of mint, and/or a slice of lime provide the best garnishes.
How Long Does Vodka and Grape Juice Last?
Since this vodka and grape juice contains alcohol and fresh fruit juice, it’ll only last up to 48 hours. However, we recommend drinking the cocktail within 2 hours after you’ve made it to enjoy at the best quality.
As we use fresh lime juice, the grape juice will become bitter and ruin the cocktail’s flavor. The grape juice will lose its freshness over a few hours as well— making the drink less appetizing.
Vodka and Grape Juice Recipe
- 12 fl oz grape juice from about 14 to 16 oz fresh Concord grapes
- 4 fl oz 80-proof vodka
- 1 1/2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/8 tsp lime zest
- 2 cups ice
- 8 fl oz soda club
- 8 mint leaves for garnish
- Place the grapes in the juicer and collect the juice in a large pitcher.
- Add vodka, sugar, lime juice, and lime zest. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
- Pour the drink into 4 glasses, add ice, and fill the glass with soda. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.
- Optional: you can also garnish the drink with a grape and slice of lime to make it more visually appealing.