Hoping for a Knockout Punch

Last year a friend brought over a mason jar of homemade raspberry vodka made by our mutual friend, the mayor of Easthampton, Massachusetts. The concoction was flavorful enough to be iced and sipped with a splash of Sprite.

I've been hankering for a grape infused vodka this summer and have purchased two different brands for summer cocktails that have sorely disappointed. Grape taste should not be perfumey and so I decided to take a chance on trying Mayor Mike's instructions for infusing store bought vodka with fresh picked fruits of the vine instead of raspberries.

As you can see from today's garden photo, our grapes are nearly ready. If the experiment is a success I'll give you the details on making your own fruit infused vodkas. Meanwhile, I'll just share my new cocktail recipe created in honor of an anticipated successful infusion.

Grape Punch-tini

2 ounces grape infused vodka
1/2 cup lemonade
1 ounce orange flavored liqueur
1 ounce crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur)

Put all ingredients in a cocktail shaker half filled with ice. Shake well. Strain into martini glasses. Garnish with a grape on a toothpick instead of an olive. Serves 2.


  1. Beautiful picture of grapes DK. If this punch is a success - can I come over and try it?? Anne

  2. I can't believe what comes out of your backyard! Nancy Stenberg


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