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The “Autumn Twilight” Grape & Rosemary Cocktail

September 1, 2020 (Last Updated: October 30, 2020)

This sparkling concord grape and rosemary cocktail is delightfully effervescent and mixed with an incredibly simple rosemary syrup! An enchanting, refreshing gin cocktail for chilly autumn evenings, and a perfect signature for elegant cocktail parties.

3 cocktails garnished with small grapes and sprigs of rosemary.

I love elegance at Halloween. It’s fun to get silly and oogidy-boogidy with decorations and even serve a few creepy-crawly appetizers, but I personally like my spookiness with an air of sophistication.

What can I say, I was quite gothic growing up, and always appreciated a corseted, lacy, Victorian interpretation of Halloween. I still do. And cocktails like this Autumn Twilight are exactly what I imagined I would be drinking as a grownup at Halloween.

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For perfectly seasonal autumn cocktail party pairings, I would serve this cocktail with these delicious skirt steak appetizers with concord grape reduction and blistered shishito peppers. Perhaps even a gorgeous Halloween appetizer centerpiece if you didn’t want to pass appetizers.

And if you wanted to have a little fun, these spooky deviled eyeballs or adorable Halloween “deviled” deviled eggs always inspire a giggle from guests.

Just a tip!

If you want your cocktails to be more rosemary-forward, allow the minced rosemary to steep in the simple syrup for a hour before mixing into your cocktail

How to Make the “Autumn Twilight” Grape & Rosemary Cocktail – Step by Step

Note: Syrup will make enough for 4 cocktails.

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1. Mince rosemary leaves from 1-2 large sprigs of fresh rosemary – yielding about 2 tsp. minced rosemary.

2. In a small saucepan, add ¼ cup white granulated sugar and ¼ cup water. Simmer over LOW heat until sugar is dissolved, swirling in the pan for about 1-2 minutes.

3. Once dissolved, add minced rosemary, and bring to a low boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 20 minutes (an hour if you want your cocktail more rosemary-forward). Strain rosemary out of the syrup and set aside.

4. Add ½ oz. fresh lime juice to a shaker and muddle 6 large concord grapes. Add 4 oz. gin and ½ oz. rosemary syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain over a mesh cocktail strainer, add 2 oz. seltzer and serve.

I hope you love this sparkling rosemary cocktail as much as I do!

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The "Autumn Twilight" Grape & Rosemary Cocktail

This sparkling concord grape and rosemary cocktail is muddled with delightfully effervescent and mixed with an incredibly simple rosemary syrup!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time3 mins
Steeping Time20 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: International
Keyword: grape cocktail, rosemary cocktail
Servings: 1 cocktail
Calories: 510kcal

Equipment

  • Sharp knife and cutting board
  • cocktail shaker
  • muddler
  • Mesh cocktail strainer

Ingredients

For Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • 2 tsp. fresh rosemary - 1 to 2 sprigs minced
  • ¼ cup white granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water

For The Cocktail

  • 4 oz. gin
  • ½ oz. fresh lime juice
  • ½ oz. rosemary syrup
  • 6 concord grapes - large
  • 2 oz. seltzer - a splash

Instructions

To Make Rosemary Simple Syrup

  • Mince rosemary leaves from 1-2 large sprigs of fresh rosemary – yielding about 2 tsp. minced rosemary. In a small saucepan, add ¼ cup white granulated sugar and ¼ cup water.
  • Simmer over LOW heat until sugar is dissolved, swirling in the pan for about 1-2 minutes. Once dissolved, add minced rosemary, and bring to a low boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and allow to sit for 20 minutes. Strain rosemary out of the syrup and set aside.

To Make the Cocktail

  • Add ½ oz. fresh lime juice to a shaker and muddle 6 large concord grapes. Add 4 oz. gin and ½ oz. rosemary syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously. Strain over a mesh cocktail strainer, add 2 oz. seltzer and serve.
  • Garnish with tiny champagne grapes and/or a sprig of rosemary.

Notes

If you want your cocktails to be more rosemary-forward, allow the minced rosemary to steep in the simple syrup for a hour before mixing into your cocktail

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 510kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 28mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 288IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg

 

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