Please Don’t Heat Up the Kitchen New Recipe Challenge: Homemade Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juice

Please Don't Heat Up the Kitchen New Recipe Challenge

Could anyone simply bathe in Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juice as I could?  When I was younger, it was what we would drink on super special occasions (mostly because it was super expensive for what it is).  Recently, I found a recipe for Homemade Martinelli’s (which, as you know, is the apple juice equivalent) that calls for mixing thawed frozen juice concentrate with club soda.  Since the fizz in my SodaStream is on the fritz (basically I need to trade-in the cartridge), I had to make do with bottled club soda (which is never as carbonated as the SodaStream stuff).

But Muffin was really excited about the making of the grape soda.  As in, this was what I used to convince him to take a nap.  I told him, “After you take your nap, we will make grape soda.”

One very important thing to note:  there are usually two varieties of the Welch’s:  red grape and white grape, not Concord.  Have you tried to find red grape juice concentrate?  Uh…doesn’t happen.  So, I made do with Concord (purple) grape juice concentrate.  It gave things kind of a twang.

The recipe does note that you need to be very careful mixing the two because too much mixing can cause your soda to go flat.  Mine wasn’t as carbonated as I would have liked, but I knew the capability was there for it to be.

But Muffin loved it!  He especially loved making the silver-sugared rim for the presentation glass.  At supper time, he was being most insistent about it, asking over…and over…and over…where the grape soda was.

So, here’s what we did.

Homemade Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juice

Adapted from One Good Thing By Jillee’s recipe for Homemade Martinelli’s

2 Liters of club soda (each Soda Stream bottle makes one Liter, so you either need to prep two bottles or halve the recipe), as cold as it can get without being frozen

2 cans frozen grape juice concentrate, thawed (regular-sized, not the little half-cans), also as cold as you can make it without being frozen

Pour (GENTLY) into a gallon pitcher (unless you halve the recipe) the bottle of club soda.  Be sure to pour slowly and close to the surface to allow for less bubble breakage (trust me on this).  Pour grape juice concentrate in the same way.  Slowly and carefully mix the mixture so that the syrupy concentrate doesn’t fall to the bottom.  Transfer to a screw-top container.  Drink immediately or chill until COLD.

The stress on cold and gentle is what allows the soda to keep its carbonation.  The carbonation is key to this soda.  It’s what changes it from great to fantabulousness!

Now for the rim:

1 tablespoon cold water in a shallow, wide ramekin

1 tablespoon decorative sugar (I used silver decorative sugar) in a shallow, wide ramekin

Upend the glass in the water.  Lift straight up and allow to drip for a few seconds.  Press down and turn in the sugar, trying to make the rim even.  Fill with beverage of choice using a ladle.  Enjoy!

By the way, this post is when we are on the road to Canada!  Happy Sunday!

This recipe is SO Muffin Approved!

Muffin Approved

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