We had a couple birthdays at the winery this week, and a Creekbend cocktail sounded better than, say, a cupcake. This one is made with our Creekbend Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, white ginger syrup and a dash of club soda. It’s garnished with frozen grapes, because that’s the whole idea behind our Ice Wine.
Vidal grapes are harvested frozen in mid-winter from our Creekbend Vineyard here in Indiana. We wait until it’s really, really cold to pick these grapes. Temperatures need to be below 10 degrees for at least 24 hours to get the desired concentration. When this happens, much of the water in the berry becomes trapped in pure ice crystals, with the surrounding fluid containing the concentrated sugar, acidity and flavors. Much of the interesting flavors of a good Ice Wine come from the effect of the grapes hanging out in the elements through the fall and early winter. This particular Ice Wine was born from the incredible 2007 crop, the best growing season ever.
Ice Wine Ginger Pop:
3 ounces Vidal Blanc Ice Wine
1/2 tsp white ginger syrup
Stir together and pour over ice. Top with club soda. Garnish with frozen grapes.