Bourbon Grape Rickey ~ The childhood classic summertime drink of grape juice, lemon-lime soda with a squeeze of fresh lime juice has been given a grown-up make-over by adding bourbon.
While the food served at these events is often the spotlight, sometimes, I like to make a cocktail to real star.
Welch’s Concord Grape juice is always something I have on hand at my house. My daughter enjoys a cup after school; she loves the flavor (and the color). Recently, after handing her a cup, I nicked a quick sip for myself reminding me how much I enjoy that bold concord grape flavor.
Grape Lime Rickey
I love to make recipes that remind us all of when we were young and carefree. That’s when I decided I wanted to take one of my favorite drinks, a grape and lime rickey, but for the over 21 crowd.
Introducing the Bourbon Grape Rickey using Welch’s Concord Grape, with great taste and refreshing goodness.
I purchase my Welch’s at my local Smiths grocery store, (but click here to find it in your area). I also used fresh lime juice, lemon-lime soda, and bourbon for this refreshing cocktail.
Easy Summer Cocktail
Maybe I should refer to this Bourbon Grape Rickey as Bourbon Grape Richard, since it’s all grown up! Simple, easy to find ingredients, make this cocktail version a snap to make.
My friends raved about this cocktail. It pairs well with so many food options as it is not overpowering. It is a great sipping drink as you meander through appetizers of cheese and crackers, or as your main beverage with a meal, like a timeless grilled hamburger.
The classic flavor of the Welch’s Concord Grape juice shines in this sparkling cocktail, I am especially looking forward to enjoying my Bourbon Grape Rickey on a hot summer day. What’s your favorite way to enjoy Welch’s?
Bourbon Grape Rickey
The childhood classic summertime drink of grape juice, lemon-lime soda with a squeeze of fresh lime juice has been given a grown-up make-over by adding bourbon.
- 3 1/2 cups Welch's Concord Grape Juice
- 1 3/4 cups Lemon-Lime Soda
- 1 3/4 cups Bourbon
- 3-4 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice (about 2 limes)
- Fresh Lime Wedges
- Mint Leaves
In a 2-qt pitcher, mix the grape juice, soda, bourbon and fresh lime juice.
Gently stir as to not dissolve all the carbonation.
Pour into individual ice-filled glasses.
Garnish with the option fresh lime wedges and fresh mint.
To make the classic Grape Rickey, simply omit the bourbon for a mocktail that all can enjoy!