Monday, November 16, 2009

The Shot Heard 'Round the World

I have a love-hate relationship with Market Basket: you can't beat the prices, the employees are usually really friendly, there's sawdust on the floor on rainy days, it's crowded, they are constantly stocking the shelves so the aisles are one cart-width wide, and much of the food is local, as Keja mentioned a while back.

I was there this weekend and discovered a few packages of Concord grapes, which are only the best grape ever. I don't think many people know about them, but they are as local as you can get. I don't know how you eat them, but in my family we put a tiny nick in the skin with our teeth, pop the flesh into our mouths, give a scant chew or two and then swallow the flesh and seeds, throwing away the skin (after sucking the goodness out of it). I introduced them to my best friend in college and she did the opposite, eating the tough skin and carefully spitting out the seeds. It all works.

Anyhow, I jumped at the chance to get a last package because they are usually a September fruit, and only last a few weeks. I then discovered that they were courtesy of Michigan but I got them anyway.

When I got home, I filled a quart mason jar 2/3 full with the rinsed grapes (skin on) and then mushed them with a whisk. I filled the jar with vodka, put on the top, and let it sit for 24 hours, occasionally turning it upside to mix it all up. After 24 hours, I strained it and put it into a clean, covered jar. The result is a deep pinkish purple, grapey but not cloying delight of an alcohol.

Drink it as a shot and it's The Shot Heard 'Round the World. Or, make The Cocktail Heard 'Round the World, which my husband treated us to while we watched the Patriots lose.

In a shaker filled with ice add 3 oz. grape vodka and 1/2 TBSP simple syrup. Shake well until icy cold and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Add a cherry or lemon twist.