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Hump Day Happy Hour

A Drink to Celebrate the First Day of Fall

Thank goodness for fall — without it, the switch from summer cottons to winter wools would be unbearable. Take the time to appreciate the crisp air (before it becomes biting wind) with a glass of Food Network host Alex Guarnaschelli's “Grape Escape,” a drink that's a big step up from your kid's Juicy Juice.

Apple recipes are a dime a dozen in the fall, so Alex decided to make her just-for-Glo cocktail unique by using grapes, which are also in-season. The originality certainly paid off because this drink had us thanking the harvest gods for creating such a glorious fruit.

Since it can be made in large batches, “Grape Escape” is a phenomenal choice if you're hosting a girl's night in. It's sure to impress both your friends and your taste buds.

“Grape Escape”

Ingredients:

1 bunch Red Seedless Grapes, stemmed and washed (about 1 lb)

1 bunch White Seedless Grapes, stemmed and washed (about 1 lb)

1 qt Chilled Grape Juice

1 tbsp Honey

16 oz. Vodka, preferable Ciroc

2 cups Chilled Seltzer, Club Soda or Naturally Sparkling Water

Directions:

Put half of the red grapes and half of the white grapes in the freezer for garnish. Put the remaining grapes in a large bowl and "smash" them with a whisk or your fingers. Transfer the smashed grapes to a large pitcher, and pour in the grape juice and honey. Stir in the vodka. Fill glasses halfway with the grape juice mixture, and top with a splash of seltzer. Drop a few frozen grapes into each glass for a festive garnish that doubles as an ice cube!

Alex Guarnaschelli is the host of Alex's Day Off on the Food Network.

  • We'll be drinking this delicious cocktail all season long.

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