Niagara-on-the-Lake is famous for a lot of things – picturesque scenery, a charming British manner. But the town is best known for its ice wine, a dessert wine made from grapes that have been allowed to freeze on the vine.
The Niagara Icewine Festival takes place every January (hey, that’s now!). Guests at the Riverbend Inn and Vineyard can and should check it out, but if you can’t make it across the border so quickly, fear not: ice wine is readily available everywhere.
And you know what? It’s Monday, so how about a little ice wine cocktail recipe courtesy of Food and Wine.
Ice Wine Martini
- 10 large seedless green grapes, plus 2 halved grapes for garnish
- 2 ounces ice wine
- 2 ounces vodka, preferably Ciroc
In a blender, puree the 10 whole grapes with the ice wine and vodka. Pour the puree through a tea strainer into an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain again into a large chilled martini glass and garnish with the grape halves.