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Grape Spritzer "Mocktail" (20160909-AMS-LSC-9001)

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farmers Market “VegU(cation)” tent is where people can learn how to make a grape spritzer “Mocktail,” on Friday, September 9, 2016, in Washington, D.C. USDA employees from the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) and vendors volunteer as vegetable educators a.k.a. “VegUcators” conducting free 10-minute fruit and vegetable classes that also teach how to pick and the featured produce. 26 recipes will be taught at the VegU tent, during this season of outdoor USDA Farmers Markets. Their scheduled demonstration dates are the peak harvest time to look for these foods. The goal is to increase fruits and vegetables in meals and help people understand what is in season. Guests can receive a free recipe card and can start shopping for ingredients at the market. Multimedia by Lance Cheung.

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WHITE GRAPE SPRITZER*

Yields 8, 8 oz. servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 0 minutes | Total Time: 10 minutes

½ cup green seedless grapes, frozen

½ cup red seedless grapes, frozen

1 peach, diced

1 crisp apple, diced

½ cup Wild Roots Apothecary Lemon Cardamom Syrup** ½ cup fresh mint, coarsely chopped

4 cups seltzer, chilled

4 cups white grape juice, chilled

Fill a 64 fl. oz. pitcher with grapes, peaches, apples, and mint. Add seltzer, grape juice, and syrup. Stir to mix well and serve immediately. Frozen grapes keep the pitcher cold without diluting this delicious drink!

*This recipe is an adaptation from Tablespoon.

**Wild Roots Apothecary is a vendor at the USDA Farmers Market. Substitute syrup with 2 tbsp. honey, ⅓ cup lemon juice, ½ tsp. cardamom, and 1 tbsp. grated ginger.

 

 

HOW TO PICK

Look at color. Look for firm grapes that are well attached to the stems, not shriveled or showing signs of mold and decay. The stems should be green and pliable. Green grapes are sweetest when they are yellowish-green in color, red grapes should be predominately red and black grapes should have a rich color. Grapes may look like they have a powdery white coating, this is bloom, it occurs naturally, protects the grapes from moisture loss, and is safe to eat.

Taste them. If the grocer or vendor allows, ask to sample any varieties you may not be familiar with before purchasing.

Buy during the right season. The best season for grapes is August to October.

 

HOW TO PREPARE

Prior to use, wash grapes with cold water. Grapes are frequently eaten raw as a snack, or added to salads, but they can also be added into baked good and made into jelly or sauces. Frozen grapes are also wonderful in smoothies or used in drinks instead of ice cubes.

 

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