Sunday, May 8, 2011

Grape Squash / Grape Juice Syrup

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The number of juice recipes on my blog shows up how hot it is at Chennai. My intake has been 75% of liquid food and 25% of solid food. I hardly feel like eating anything and just don't like to feed on hot stuff at all :(

Moreover spending long hours in the kitchen is like burning one alive(that sounds a little harsh though :P). But yes!! it has been extremely exhausting to do anything at all when the heat reaches upto 40°C at day. Hence you can quite expect such chill and refreshing juices from my blog :)

Its so good to have a mom who holds a BSc Home science degree. She knows how to make squashes and is an expert at it too :) This time I took up her recipe book and tried it all by myself to make our family favorite grape squash. It came out so well that my mom was praising me for my effort :) :)

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Grape extract - 1 ltr
Sugar - 2 kgs
Citric acid - 2 tsp
Tonovin (Grape essence) - 4 tsp
Water - 1 ltr
Sodium Benzoate - 1 tsp

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To make grape extract:

Choose well ripen black grapes.

Remove stems and wash them thoroughly.

Take the grapes in a large vessel and add one cup of water(from the 1 ltr water) to it and boil it until the fruits get cooked. While its boiling, keep crushing the grapes with a masher until it is thoroughly juicy. Strain the extract and collect the juice.

Measure the juice now and proceed with proportioning the other ingredients accordingly.

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Method to make squash:

Take the sugar, citric acid and water in a pan and heat it until the sugar dissolves and it bubbles up.

Allow this sugar syrup to come to room temperature and then mix up the above made grape extract to it. Now add the Tonovin to it and mix well.

Take a tsp of warm water and dissolve the Sodium Benzoate(preservative) in it. Add it to the squash and mix it up.

Now pour the squash into a sterilized bottle and store in refrigerator :)

To serve, fill 1/3 of serving glass with the grape squash and remaining by water. Mix up well and serve chill topped with ice cubes. :)

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Black grapes with seeds or Paneer grapes are apt and cost effective for making this squash.

To get a pulpy texture to your grape juice, use a large holed sieve to strain the grape extract. We do this since we like our juice to have a puply sediment :)

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The method of making other fruit squashes are the same.

Hence I have put down the measurements of ingredients for various fruits :)

The measurements would yield 2 ltrs of each fruit squash.

Enjoy making them :)

Fruit extract



Citric acid



Mango extract - 1 ltr

1.5 kgs

1 ltr

2 tsp

Pottasium Meta bisulphite (KMS)– ½ tsp


Orange extract – 1 ltr

1.75 kgs

1 ltr

1 tsp

Pottasium Meta bisulphite (KMS)– ½ tsp

Food color(orange) – ¼ tsp

Orange essence – 2 tsp

Lemon extract– 1 ltr

2.5 kgs

1 ltr




Pineapple extract– 1 ltr


1 ltr


Pottasium Meta bisulphite (KMS)– ½ tsp

Food color(yellow) – ¼ tsp

Pineapple essence – 2 tsp

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Written by: Nithya
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Hamaree Rasoi said...

I love the way you make even simple things look exotic !!! Very well color co-ordination. It' hot in Bangalore too.

Hamaree Rasoi

Srividhya Ravikumar said...

zzzzzzzzzz..tempting juice..yumm

chef and her kitchen said...

hmm...this was the photo u were talking abt in FB right???
whatever the colors r just perfect...looks very nice...I m feeling like grabbing that glass..its d same weather here in Mumbai..:)

Smita Srivastava said...

What could be better than wonderful homemade squash to quench the thirst .... love the recipe n the great clicks too !!!

Finla said...

Home made pur grape syrup and t have a drink on a hot summer day, pure heaven. I wish i had a glass right now.

Unknown said...

Awesome Nithi! the color of the juice looks super tempting....Lovely clicks

Sanyukta Gour(Bayes) said...

Lovely clicks n refreshing squash..
First time here..u hv a wonderful space with mouthwatering recipes n pics...


Jeyashris Kitchen said...

nice and wonderful colour and clicks are amazing.Right from my childhood till now iam a very big fan of this grapesquash. perfect cooler

Shabs.. said...

What have u been worrying about??!!I loved the first click alot , the styling, colour and everything about it!brilliant job nits. Colour is perfect.

vidhas said...

Yummy and refreshing drink. seeing the pcitures my daughter wants to taste this.

Chitra said...

wow , u r rocking girl.. Loved the clicks. perfect post for this hot summer:)Superb !!

Vimitha Durai said...

Tempting and refreshing drink.. As usual lovely clicks dear...

Priya Suresh said...

My mom do the same too,havent had this squash since a long, thanks for sharing this,have to try soon..

Unknown said...

So it was these pic that was troubling you! but don't look troubled! 40C that is terrible! Juice is def something to quench the heat! Final pic is great!

Deepthi Shankar said...

the pics are mind blowing, Nithi

Cool Lassi(e) said...

This is a lovely post! I certainly would give this a try come summer.

Nisha said...

Just loved your post. Were can you by the preservatives used

Indian Khana said...

This looks so gud the colour and so you so's so hot here too I don't feel like cooking atall..

Abhilash Pillai said...

so same pinch Nithya. It is also very hot at Cochin and the only way to be "PRESERVED" is to be inside office or within the home. You will be roasted to "grilled human" if you are outside for 15 minutes.

Grape juice is my favorite.. hmm.. okay is one of my favorites. I dont prepare it at home but often have one from a nearby juice centre. :)

Your presentation as always was superb. Loved the recipes for other extracts. A question... isn't the preservative we add in the grape squash harmful for health?

Nithya said...

Thanks all.

@Abhilash - Preservatives are generally harmful but the quantity we have used for the recipe is very less compered to store bought one. So you can forgive and have it :) You have no choice to avoid preservatives if you need to have them for a long time :(

Aruna Manikandan said...

looks gr8 dear...
awesome presentation with stunning clicks :)

Raks said...

Wow,loved that bunch of flowers,what a colourful presentation! :) Pretty clicks :)

Rumana Rawat said...

Beautiful pictures:)

Swapna said...

My mom also used to make a variety of squash, almost same as your mom's recipe:)... Lovely clicks as always Niths :)...

Plateful said...

Ohh Nits, your pictures are such a beauty I don't even want to read the recipes! Lovely colors and brilliant shots!!!

Rinku Naveen said...

Can't take my eyes off those lovely snaps!! Niths u make simple things look so amazing!! Truly talented.

Pavithra Elangovan said...

I love the grape squash so so much..looks exotic. Pictures are beautiful as ever.

Kalyani said...

tempting and lovely pictures .. my mom used to do in my childhood .. we use to love them ......

Raji said...

Very lovely clicks and the syrup looks so yummy!

Archana said...

Most informative. Bookmarked. Lovely pictures.

Unknown said...

Wow! reminds me so much of India - that is the only place where I've enjoyed these!! Super clicks and wonderful presentation!!!

sathya said...

Grape squash looks delicious, very tempting clicks!

Appetite Treats

Nisha said...

Can I make this with green grapes? I've been searching recipes to use up the 1kg of green grapes almost about to rot! Btw what's paneer grape?

Nithya said...

Nisha - Its not possible to make green grapes squash since the tonovin essence is purple in color and would not suit green grapes. Its not just that but the green grapes aren't as tasty as the black one.

Deepu said...

I have 4 kgs of black ripe grapes. Didn't want to waste them. Thanks for the recipe. I am going to try it today..

Deepu said...

I have 4 kgs of black ripe grapes. Didn't want to waste them. Thanks for the recipe. I am going to try it today..

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