West: The Cookbook


  • 8 green grapes
  • 2 oz Kim Crawford sauvignon blanc (or another New Zealand sauvignon blanc with tropical fruit notes)
  • 1½ oz Grey Goose vodka
  • ¾ oz elderberry flower syrup
  • ¼ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 small edible flower for garnishyou can find an assortment at a local specialty grocer
How to Make It
  1. This cocktail is light, fresh and crisp, with floral notes. Because of the bright acidity and slight sweetness in this cocktail, it pairs well with goat cheese or light seafood dishes. This drink embodies the fun freshness of spring in the air and is a light enough tipple to quench a thirst. In the IKEA food market or at some specialty grocers you can find elderberry flower syrup, which will give the necessary sweetness to balance the cocktail and add a note of complexity.
  2. Muddle grapes in a mixing glass. Add sauvignon blanc, vodka, elderberry syrup and lemon juice, then fill the mixing glass with ice. Shake vigorously until the shaker is very cold to the touch. If necessary, adjust the balance of sweetness and acidity to taste with additional elderberry syrup and lemon juice. Double-strain the cocktail into a chilled martini glass: using a cocktail strainer to hold back most of the pulp, strain through a tea strainer to remove the remaining fine pulp, tapping the strainer to help the liquid pass through.

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