I don’t know if you remember, but last week I was complaining about summer being over. Apparently I’m easy to please, because I fell happily into fall as soon as the temperatures began dropping. I loaded up on autumnal produce farmer’s market, grabbed about 30 Siggi’s Pumpkin & Spice yogurts, bought some new jackets, started making my own chai tea and went to Arrojo Studios to get my hair colored to a warm caramel blonde. Let’s admit it, I was in denial that I actually did want the season to come. While sitting with probably about a whole roll of Saran Wrap on my head at the salon, I had nothing to do but peruse articles and social media on my phone. Naturally I hit all my favorite recipe sites for some fall inspo. And I happened upon a Concord Grape recipe for syrup.

“I’ve got grapes at home!” I excitedly whispered under my breath. Well, I thought it was quiet. Definitely garnered a sideways glare from the woman sitting next to me probably wondering why I was so wired about having grapes. (Also the blanket of plastic wrap hair situation didn’t help my cause.) The grapes I had weren’t concord grapes, but I did have black ones, and I was ready to whip up a grape syrup recipe with the seasonal fruit.

I specifically made this syrup for a cocktail, but still had plenty left over. I used it for spooning over my oatmeal, yogurt and ice cream later in the week. It’s incredibly easy to make. Just three ingredients: sugar, water & black grapes. This specific type of grape gives it that deliciously deep purple hue. Now to hunt down the woman who thought I was nuts and share some with her. Oh wait, that’s probably even more crazy…

Black grape recipe syrup for cocktails

And this is the cocktail, a Black Grape Shrub, in all of its glory! I love that it works for fall and winter holidays like Thanksgiving, but has a spooky quality that lends itself to being a perfect Halloween cocktail.

black grape recipe cocktail shrub


Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 14 minutes

Yield: 1 cup syrup

A sweet, deliciously deep-hued syrup made with black grapes. Use it in cocktails or on oatmeal, yogurt, ice cream sundaes & more!


  • 2 cups black grapes
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water


  1. In a medium sauce pan, bring black grapes, sugar and water to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 12 minutes, or until liquid reduces and thickens slightly. Strain into a resealable container or jar and allow to cool.
  2. Store in the refrigerator.
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