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Courtesy of Tad Carducci, JW Marriott and Tippling Bros.

Tad Carducci has certificates from the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust, and a cocktail book under his belt (Tippling Bros. A Lime and Shaker: Discovering Mexican-Inspired Cocktails, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015). He loves this light spritzer, calling it an “American update to a European classic.” He says that fresh lemon and grapes give it an anti-oxidizing boost to ward off whatever winter throws at us. Carducci developed the recipe for JW Marriott, and the drink can be found on menus of their properties nationwide.


5 green seedless grapes
3 ounces dry vermouth
1 ounce lemon juice
¼ ounce maple syrup
2 ounces club soda, to top
Lemon slice, for garnish
Sliced green grapes, for garnish


Muddle grapes in a mixing tin.  Add all remaining ingredients, minus soda.  Shake until thoroughly mixed and strain over square cubes in a wine glass.  Top with soda and stir.  Garnish with dried lemon wheel and green grape slices.