Grape Ape Collins

This is probably the last gin recipe for a while – I’m sorry to overwhelm you with them! Can you blame me, though? Gin makes for the most delicious summer cocktails, if you ask me (next to a cold seasonal summer ale from your favorite brewery, of course). You can dress it up, as I’ve done in this recipe, or you can just mix it with some tonic and a squeeze of lime or some muddled cucumber for a simple, crowd pleasing drink. I have never added grapes to a cocktail before, but I had some in the fridge, so it seemed they were just begging to be muddled together with some cool cucumber, crisp apple, and refreshing mint. There’s just a slight fruity flavor in this drink, so if you think it’s too much for your taste, I beg to differ. I don’t think there’s anything I’d rather drink than one of these on one of New York’s hot, humid summer days. It’s pretty, too, isn’t it? Plus, you have a little snack when you’re finished. What’s better than that?

Grape Ape Collins
Your ingredients.

Grape Ape Collins
Slice your apple and cucumber.

Grape Ape Collins
Place the cucumber, apple, mint, and grapes in your mixer.

Grape Ape Collins
Muddle and add in the lemon juice, simple syrup, gin, and ice. Shake for 30 seconds.

Grape Ape Collins
Fill your glasses with ice.

Grape Ape Collins
Strain into your glasses, garnish with a mint sprig, a slice of apple, a slice of cucumber, and some grapes, top off with a little club soda, and drink up!

Grape Ape Collins

Grape Ape Collins
Serves: 2 cocktails
  • 7 cucumber slices
  • 7 red apple slices
  • 7 red grapes
  • 4 sprigs mint
  • 6 ounces gin
  • 1.5 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 1.5 ounces simple syrup
  • splash of club soda
  • 2 cucumber slices, 2 apple slices, 6 grapes, 2 mint sprigs - for garnish
  1. First, make your simple syrup. Combine 1 cup of granulated sugar with 1 cup of water in a small pot. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer until the sugar is dissolved. Pour the syrup into a heat-proof container and place in the fridge (or freezer) until cool or at least room temperature. You can keep this simple syrup in a container in your fridge for at least a month, but I doubt it will last that long.
  2. Slice your cucumber and apple as thin as possible. Place in the bottom of a shaker and muddle together with the grapes and mint. Pour in the gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Fill the shaker the rest of the way up with ice and shake for 30 seconds. Strain into two glasses filled with ice, top with a splash of club soda, and garnish with a slice of cucumber, a slice of apple, a few grapes, and a mint sprig.


18 Responses

  1. Jen says:

    With no A/C at work for a couple weeks I will be dreaming of this drink by the time I get home! Grapes are awesome, btw. We always have some in the fridge and in the freezer.

  2. Emily D. says:

    I promise you there is no such thing as too many gin recipes.

  3. JB says:

    This looks great. Will try this as soon as I get home. You might want to make your next post about good hangover cures!

  4. Mindy says:

    This sounds amazing. I want one RIGHT NOW! :o)

  5. purabi naha says:

    Oh, this sounds very interesting. Amazing photography!

  6. Lindsey says:

    these look SO. REFRESHING. the perfect recipe to unwind after a long, hot subway ride in the city!

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  8. Ashley says:

    I’m so glad I found your site again! I used to looove following your posts over in picturing food on LJ lol! I can’t wait to have my little guy and maybe enjoy a cocktail or two, woohoo! Only a few more weeks to go, and definitely going to try this recipe! Unfit mother or not, bahahha. 😛 :)

  9. Myesha says:

    I made this tonight and I am in love. It’s so refreshing. I wish I had a patio to enjoy this on. The perfect summer drink. Thank you!

  10. Dana says:

    I love all of the fruit that goes into this. The flavor must be great!

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