Recently, Welch's invited me to create a Temperance Cocktail based on one of their new grape juice drinks. The recipe would be an addition to a menu of alcohol-free cocktails created by London expert mixologist and owner of Opium Bar, Dre Masso, who took inspiration from the classics. And it was Masso who would be judging the recipes to declare the winning cocktail. Once I buried my intimidation, I decided that I should make something that was very 'Swelle' and a bit different, and I had something in mind. But I had to taste the drinks first to see if my idea would work.
I received two to try: White Grape & Raspberry, and from their Light range, Rosé Grape Light. I tasted both to get a sense of what I was working with - both are yummy and sweet - and decided to go with the White Grape and Raspberry. My (not-so) secret ingredient was rose water, and I'm also a huge fan of lime which I thought would work well with the juice, so I began trying out some mixes. I was happy with the result, though I admit this isn't a drink you would make up in a pitcher and drink all day; I chose a dainty martini glass for a reason.
Here's my recipe for Perfumed Grape & Raspberry Limeade:
- 100ml Welch's White Grape & Raspberry
- juice of 1 lime
- 1/4 tsp rose water
- sparkling mineral water
Method: Shake fresh lime juice with White Grape & Raspberry over ice. Strain into glass. Top with sparkling water and drizzle with rose water.
Garnish: A white rose petal from the garden. (Thanks to our delayed spring here in the UK roses have proved elusive, so I had to go to the florist and buy one! You can also garnish with a slice of lime, raspberry pearls, or fresh raspberries. But I like the rose petal because it gives a hint as to the olfactory quality of the drink.)
Note: This recipe offers a twist or two on the traditional raspberry lemonade/limeade. First, the sweetness of the white grape balances the tartness of raspberry and lime so added sugar isn't necessary; second, the rose water adds a delicate flavour to the blend and lightly scents the drink. A martini glass was chosen to deliver the perfume and keep the quantity small. This cocktail is also delicious as a still version - just omit the sparkling water and increase the Welch's to 150ml.
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