Thursday, June 2, 2011

Thirsty Thursday Guest Recipe: Drunken Grapes

Hello Lovelies! Today I have a wonderful guest post/recipe from Sarah Ellis over at Handbag Heaven! Like me, Sarah isn't necessarily a wino, but does enjoy drinking a good glass of vino with her gal pals. She enjoys incorporating fun cocktails into her parties and is an amazing hostess. During the day, Sarah enjoys sharing style advice for pairing fabulous spring handbags with equally fabulous ensembles at Handbag Heaven. Just like me (and many of you), she's always on the lookout for affordable ways to be more fabulous! Of course, this cocktail recipe from Sarah is sure to make your next party fabulous & delicious!

Drunken Grapes Cocktail
This recipe is super easy and very chic. I love drinking wine, and sangria is one of my favorite cocktails - this drink is a twist on the typical sangria and packs loads of flavor. The cocktail yields a bottle of sweet fruity wine AND fancy “ice cube” treats. This recipe takes some patience with the soaking and freezing times, but it’s super easy to plan this ahead of a party. Impress your friends with this refreshing drink at summer parties or bridal showers. And best of all, this cocktail is pretty cheap!

  • 1 bag of green grapes
  • 1 bottle of 750 mL of white wine (I used pinot grigio, but anything will do)
  • ¼ cup of sugar + some extra for sprinkling

1. Put the grapes in a pitcher or bowl and pour the whole bottle of wine over the grapes.

2. Add ¼ cup of sugar into the mixture and stir it up. The sugar settles to the bottom so make sure it dissolves as much as possible.

3. Place the pitcher or bowl into the fridge so it can soak for 24 hours. Stir the mixture once or twice over the 24 hour time period. Don’t get too concerned with the stirring, because all it really needs is some nice soaking time. I started the recipe in the evening and stirred once before bed and once when I woke up.

4. When the grapes are done soaking in the wine bath, it’s time to separate. Pull all the grapes out and place them in a bowl.  Sprinkle them with some sugar and pop them in the freezer.

5. Leave grapes in freezer until solid. I left mine in the freezer for 8 hours while at work and it was the perfect amount of time. When I pulled the grapes out they were nice and firm and perfect for acting as an ice cube in the glass.

6. Use the leftover sugary wine as your drink and garnish with the grapes! The grapes are scrumptious and burst with sweet wine when they get a little softer. I liked eating them when I finished my glass, but they’re also fun to eat alone.

-Thanks for this yummy cocktail recipe, Sarah! I know I'm going to give it a try this weekend! I hope you all have a fabulous day! Cheers!


  1. Oooo, Tara, what an awesome drink concoction. I am so going to try this out


  2. what an interesting, fun drink! grapes, wine, sugar... sold!

  3. I like it - definitely want to try one!

  4. Awesome recipe! Sounds so yummy and refreshing :)

    xo Teresa

  5. I should try this


  6. Looks like perfection in a glass!

  7. This sounds really interesting. Perfect for a warm night, I'll have to give it a try!

  8. Try using simple syrup instead of sugar. You won't have a problem with it dissolving.