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Healthy Grape Cocktail Recipe: The Fresh Grape Crush

Happy Hour: Fresh Grape Crush

Healthy Grape CocktailSince resolving to eat healthier in 2011, I've decided not to shun items I love — like caffeine, sugar, and alcohol — altogether, but rather find ways to enjoy them in moderation in a slightly more nutritious way. Who says happy hour can't be good for you? On Saturday afternoon, I poured myself a fizzy, spiked grape soda, and savored every sip of it. But unlike conventional pop, which is loaded with artificial flavors, high-fructose corn syrup, and food coloring, this one's made from actual muddled red grapes and freshly-squeezed lemon juice. It clocks in at under 200 calories and provides a nice boost of vitamin C to your diet. Want a refreshment that'll make you feel great, too? Then be sure to keep reading.

The Fresh Grape Crush

The Fresh Grape Crush

Healthy Grape Cocktail Recipe

Ingredients

8 seedless red grapes
1-1/2 ounces grape juice
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 ounces vodka
1-3 ounces soda water, to taste
Lemon wheel, for garnish

Directions

  1. In shaker or mixing glass, muddle grapes. Add in ice, grape juice, lemon juice and vodka.
  2. Shake vigorously, strain over lowball glass with ice, and top off soda water to taste. Garnish with a lemon wheel.

Makes 1 drink.

Nutritional information per serving: Approximately 185 calories.

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