Sparkling Black Cherry Grape Spritzer

  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 20 min
  • Prep: 5 min
  • Inactive: 10 min
  • Cook: 5 min
  • Yield: 4 servings, 5 1/2 cups
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Ingredients

1 lemon, plus slices, for optional garnish

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons water

2 1/2 cups black cherry grape juice

2 1/2 cups cherry-flavored seltzer water, from 1 liter bottle

Ice cubes

Directions

  1. Using a vegetable peeler, peel 6 (3-inch) long strips of lemon zest, taking care to not peel into the white pith. Squeeze 2 tablespoons of juice from the lemon into a small pot. Add the zest strips, sugar and water and bring to a boil over medium heat. Cook, stirring, until the sugar is dissolved. Remove from the heat and cool. 
  2. Strain into a serving pitcher and top with the grape juice and seltzer. Serve over ice with slices of lemon, if desired.
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