I won't lie, when my husband told me he wanted to pickle grapes, my first response was to check his temperature to see if he was running a fever. But after he crafted our Pickled Balsamic Grapes featuring warm vinegar, anise, clove and cinnamon- I was sold. As complex as an olive, they're unexpected, and the perfect addition to everything from cheese plates to cocktails. Not surprisingly, our own Minnie Dalton has crafted a riff on the Old-Fashioned featuring our grapes and Kansas City's Own J. Rieger a Co. Whiskey. Take a lesson from me and don't wait to mix one of these up- you'll be happy you did!
This elegant and simple variation on the Old-Fashioned is sure to impress! So many people have come up to me and told me how they can't get enough of KC Canning Co.'s pickled grapes, and I can't blame them, they are simply delicious!
And of course you can't go wrong using J. Rieger in this KC Old-Fashioned or any Old-Fashioned for that matter!
1 ounce Pickling Liquid from Kansas City Canning Co. Pickled Balsamic Grapes
2 ounces J. Rieger Whiskey
.5 ounce Simple Syrup
2 dashes Angostura Bitters
2 dashes Lemon Bitters
Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice and stir for 20-30 seconds. Then strain into a chilled rocks glass, and garnish with grapes and a lemon twist.
Kansas City Canning Co.'s Resident Bartender Minnie Dalton is an up-and-coming bartender in Kansas City committed to the art, craft and curation of cocktails. Born and raised in the Paris of the Plains, she has a great love for all things Kansas City, supporting and using local products when crafting new recipes. She is credentialed with active BarSmarts certification, liquor licensure, and is a proud member of the United States Bartenders' Guild (USBG) Kansas City Chapter.