Cold winter nights have you guzzling your favorite wine, nestled under a blanket on the couch with your cat within arm’s reach? (Oh wait that’s me – but you could insert a dog, goldfish, pet bird or I guess even a kid).
Frozen, sugar coated vodka grapes will be just the surprise you need, as you fill with sadness at the last gulp of wine in your glass, finding an alcoholic treat awaiting your taste buds.
Step One: Start by putting the fruit in a large bowl – poking a hole (or three to be sure to soak in every ounce of vodka possible) in each grape.
Step Two: Pour vodka over the batch of grapes.
Step Three: Cover and put in the fridge over night.
Step Four: Pour the remaining vodka out of the bowl and cover grapes with sugar. Put in a large baggie and freeze for at least three hours.
Step Five: Put in desired serving dish.
Step Six (optional): Making it easier to construct a grape kabob for my wine glass, I inserted long, sparkly toothpicks into the serving dish. You can skip this step entirely and just dump a few grapes into your chosen choice of vino (but of course I like pretty).
And here’s a blonde moment from yours truly:
I felt awful wasting the vodka I poured out of the bowl once the grapes had chilled over night. With my typically useful brain (which at this moment was the size of a bird’s), I thought it would be genius to make vodka ice cubes!
These are super easy to make, too. Just pour vodka in cube trays, insert into the ice chest and wait for hell to freeze over (you would think that with all of my cocktailing experience, I would have the where-with-all to recognize the sheer stupidity of this exercise as alcohol never freezes. Ever. I even glanced at the bottle of Jaeger I had next to these f’ing trays as I slid them into the freezer).
Needless to say, the ‘ice cubes’ came out of the freezer the same way they went in.
Caution to recipe makers – don’t eat the vodka grapes while preparing or you may end up looking like an ass in front of yourself.