We Break for Drinks

I’m afraid that the picture below is the best that you’re going to get of the recipe that follows.

It was taken during the frantic part of the evening—guests were arriving and, well, you already know time management skills when it comes to event planning. So, I was trying to pull pork and greet my guests and get them drinks and well, you get the idea. I was also trying to seem relaxed. After all, no one likes a harried hostess (least of all the hostess herself).

Luckily, my usual cast of characters is used to this. And, somehow all end up serving as, much appreciated co-hosts. So, this past Saturday, after Andrea had helped me cook, and Rajni started handling greeting guests, Abbey joined me in kitchen, with simple statement, Drinks. I can do this!

She could, and with aplomb, taking my originally idea, and tweaking it so that it was so much better. When she discovered that there were frozen concord grapes, those went into the glasses as inspired ice cubes. Then she cut squeezed in a lime wedge. The acid of the brightens the drink, she said. Or something like that.

Honestly, none of us cared what it did. It just made the drink that much better.

Included below are recipes for homemade lemonade—if you’re going through the trouble of infusing your own vodka, then you might as well make everything from scratch, I think. And for a single cocktail. You can tweak the alcohol to your liking, based on how strong you want the vodka’s flavor to be (and how lethal the drink). This recipe is easy to make in batches, so perfect for a party.

Concord Grape Vodka Lemonade
1 oz Concord Grape Vodka
6 oz Lemonade (recipe follows)
1 lime wedge
2-3 frozen concord grapes

Mix well, and garnish with a squeezed lime and 2-3 concord grapes.

Serves One

Lemonade
Recipe courtesy of All Recipes
1.75 cups white sugar
8 cups water
1.5 cups lemon juice

In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.

Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.

Makes 9.5 cups

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