First Crush

First Crush

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From: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2016

This easy cocktail recipe is named for how verjus—a nonalcoholic grape juice that is slightly tart—is made from the first pressing of the annual grape harvest. Look for verjus in wine shops and specialty markets. For this cocktail, use white verjus; red verjus is also available.

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  • 1 ounce white verjus
  • 1 ounce amber rum, such as Mount Gay Eclipse
  • 1 ounce Cocchi Americano vermouth or Lillet
  • 1 ounce grapefruit juice, preferably fresh squeezed
  • Grapefruit peel for garnish


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  1. Combine verjus, rum, vermouth and grapefruit juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 4 ounces
  • Per serving: 121 calories; 0 g fat(0 g sat); 0 g fiber; 8 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 3 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 136 IU vitamin A; 12 mg vitamin C; 5 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 8 mg sodium; 60 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (20% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 2½ fat

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