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cocktails with fresh, in-season ingredients

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Just in case you thought CSA groups were a bunch of veggie-crunching nerds, I thought I'd share with you a few pictures of a recent happy hour hosted by my CSA: Dinah Pena, the manager of Manhattan's mixology hotspot Stone Rose Lounge, taught us how to use fresh, seasonal ingredients in some really cool cocktails. Check out the pictures and her recipe for the vodka-spiked Concord Grape "Soda" (my personal favorite drink of the evening) after the jump.

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From left to right: A ruby red Beetroot Martini, a Cucumber Garden Gin and the Concord Grape

1 From left to right: A ruby red Beetroot Martini, a Cucumber Garden Gin and the Concord Grape "Soda"

The fixings! With fresh citrus, herbs, ginger and grapes, it looks more like a salad bar than a cocktail bar.

2 The fixings! With fresh citrus, herbs, ginger and grapes, it looks more like a salad bar than a cocktail bar.

The first drink we made was a Bourbon Maple Sour Mash, Dinah's take on a pisco sour that was made with local maple syrup and bourbon.

3 The first drink we made was a Bourbon Maple Sour Mash, Dinah's take on a pisco sour that was made with local maple syrup and bourbon.

Dinah, hard at work.

4 Dinah, hard at work.

Cheers!

5 Cheers!

This grown-up version of grape soda incorporates fresh, in-season Concord grapes, which can be found at farmers' markets in the early fall. The lemon twist gives this sweet drink a bit of an edge. Make the most of it while the grapes last!

Concord Grape "Soda"

Muddle a handful of Concord grapes in a cocktail shaker. Add 2 ounces vodka1/2 ounce simple syrup, and enough ice cubes to fill shaker. Shake vigorously for 15 - 20 seconds. Strain into a glass filled with ice cubes, top off with soda water, and stir. Garnish with a couple of whole grapes and a strip of lemon zest. Makes 1 cocktail.

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    Concord Grape "Soda"
    Muddle a handful of Concord grapes in a cocktail shaker. Add 60 mL vodka, 15 mL simple syrup, and enough ice cubes to fill shaker. Shake vigorously for 15 - 20 seconds. Strain into a glass filled with ice cubes, top off with soda water, and stir. Garnish with a couple of whole grapes and a strip of lemon zest. Makes 1 cocktail.

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