Flight of the Concord

Inspired by a margarita but with a twist. The notes of anise in the nordic-style spirit pair well with the spicy, savoury notes of the pickled grapes. An “Akvarita” perfect for the Christmas season or any festive occasion.

Prep Time: 1 h (syrup preparation) + 5 min for cocktail
Total Time: 1 h 15 min
Serves: 1


Ingredient Syrup

  • 1 ½ pounds of concord grapes
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • Juice of one medium lemon



Pull the grapes off the stems and place in a blender. Puree for at least one minute.

Strain the liquid through a sieve, pressing to get as much juice out as possible.

Put the juice, the sugar, and the lemon juice in a medium saucepan and stir to mix. On medium-low heat, cook uncovered until the mixture is simmering, while stirring occasionally. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reduces to a syrupy consistency.

Cool to room temperature. Refrigerate in a glass container. Use within two weeks.


Rim your glass with salt (optional). Add all ingredients to a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake for approximately 10–12 seconds and then strain into a rocks glass, neat.

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