The Sour Grape

I was recently asked by one of my cookery contacts if it was possible to use verjuice in an alcoholic cocktail. This got me thinking, I had used verjuice many times in spritzers and mocktails but never in a cocktail. Knowing that verjuice worked very well with citrus flavours I set out to create (maybe the first) verjuice based alcoholic cocktail.

After a weekend of experimenting I came up with The Sour Grape, a sparkling cocktail that has a wonderful light orange flavour but is also not too sweet. Please feel free to try the recipe below and let me know what you think.


  • 100mls verjuice
  • 1 teaspoon icing sugar
  • 30mls vodka
  • 30mls Cointreau
  • 100mls sparkling water
  • Orange zest for garnish


  1. Add verjuice & icing sugar to a cocktail mixer and stir until combined.
  2. Add ice to cocktail mixer.
  3. Add vodka & Cointreau and stir through.
  4. Strain using cocktail mixer into a cocktail glass.
  5. Top up with sparkling water.
  6. Garnish with orange zest.

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