How to Make Grape Juice
- 4 lb
- concord grapes (approximately)
- ice cubes
- ice cold filtered water
- fresh mint, lemon verbena, etc. (for garnish)
- rose water or orange blossom water (optional)
How to Make How to Make Grape Juice
- 1Remove the grapes from their stems. Any wrinkled or rotting grapes should be discarded.
- 2Use a fine mesh sieve and wash the grapes well under cool water. You may have to do this in batches.
- 3Mash the grapes using a potato masher. I used a food processor on PULSE and pulsed the grapes approximately 10 times. Be sure not to completely puree them though!
- 4Place the rinsed grapes in a large stock pot and turn the heat on to medium.
- 5Cook for about 10 minutes or until the grapes have broken down and are very juicy. Use the potato masher to help the grapes soften and release their juices.
- 6*Place the fine mesh sieve over a large prep bowl and let the grapes drain. I used a potato masher to help the juice drain through the sieve although the back of a wooden spoon will work, too.
*However, if you prefer, you can use a double layer of cheesecloth to drain the grapes.
- 7Pour the juice through a funnel into a storage container. Let cool then cover and chill.
- 8To serve: Place ice cubes in drinking glasses. Pour ice cold filtered water into the glasses about 1/3-1/2 full depending on how sweet the juice is (add enough water to your desired sweetness preference). Garnish with fresh mint, if you wish. A little bit of rose water or orange blossom water stirred into the juice is very delicious!