These easy and versatile Sugared Champagne Grapes are perfect as an elegant holiday appetizer. The grapes sparkle with sugar crystals that stick to the champagne-infused grapes, creating a boozy and sweet treat that’s bursting with flavor.
You’ll love how simple it is to make these Sugared Champagne Grapes – they need just 3 ingredients! They’re a make-ahead effort because the seedless grapes need to soak in the champagne overnight. Then, roll them in sugar and freeze them for a few hours to let the sugar crystallize. Serve these beautiful grapes on your holiday table and watch them disappear in a flash!
These Sugared Champagne Grapes can also be made kid-friendly, so you can serve these anytime and for any occasion. They’re perfect for Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, anniversaries, and any time in between!
Champagne – use your favorite; doesn’t have to be expensive. You can also use Prosecco.
Green Grapes – make sure they’re firm and seedless. You can also use red seedless grapes.
Sugar – use white granulated sugar.
How To Make Sugared Champagne Grapes
Note: This is a summary of the steps. For full instructions, refer to the recipe card down below.
STEP 1: Wash and dry the grapes before placing them in a large bowl. Pour the champagne over them until they’re just covered.
STEP 2: Cover the bowl and place in the refrigerator for 12 hours.
STEP 3: Remove the grapes from the fridge and using a slotted spoon, scoop them out, let them drain, and place them, a few grapes at a time, in a bowl full of white sugar.
STEP 4: Coat the grapes before placing them on a plate. Continue with the remaining grapes.
STEP 5: When your sugar starts to get clumpy and doesn’t coat the grapes well, toss it and replace it with the remaining sugar.
STEP 6: Place the sugar-coated grapes in the freezer for at least 2 hours before serving.
What Kind Of Champagne Should I Use?
I like to use sweet champagne to compliment the grapes. You can also use Prosecco, which is not considered champagne (because it does not come from the Champagne region of France) but is a sparkling wine from Italy. Any sparkling white wine will work!
Can I Make These Without Alcohol?
Yes, just swap out the champagne for fruit juice such as white grape juice or apple juice.
Can I Use A Different Grape?
Sure! I often use red seedless grapes or a mixture of green and red seedless, which is especially festive during the winter holidays.
How To Prepare The Grapes
Make sure you choose firm, seedless grapes for this recipe. You’ll want to remove each grape carefully from the stem, rinse them well under water, and spread them out to air dry before continuing with the recipe.
How Long Do I Have To Soak The Grapes?
I make these the day before I serve them so the grapes can have at least 12 hours of soaking time. That said, if you’re making them the day of, don’t forget to factor in the freeze time of 2 hours after they’ve been sugared. You could get away with soaking them for as little as 4 hours before sugaring and freezing.
How To Serve
You can serve these Sugared Champagne Grapes in a large bowl with cocktail skewers so your guests can easily spear them, or thread them on the short skewers and serve them on a platter. You can also serve them in individual cocktail glasses. These grapes are also perfect to pair with a charcuterie board of cheeses and other fruits.
Store leftovers in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 3-4 days. You can also freeze leftovers for up to 30 days. You can eat them frozen or thaw them in the fridge if you like them softer.
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These Sugared Champagne Grapes are a perfect snack any time of the year. A cool snack for summer, a pretty snack for the holidays, and the perfect boozy treat for New Year. The tartness of the grapes pairs perfectly with the sugary exterior.
- 2 Cups Green Grapes
- ½ Cup White Granulated Sugar
- Gather all of the ingredients.
- Make sure your grapes are washed well.
- Place your grapes in a medium bowl and pour the champagne over them until they’re just covered.
- Cover and place in the fridge for at least 12 hours.
- Place half of the sugar in a small bowl.
- Remove the grapes from the fridge and using a slotted spoon, scoop them out, let them drain, and place them in the sugar.
- I only do about 10 grapes at a time, or less, when I toss them in the sugar.
- Grapes should be fully coated before placing them on a plate, DO NOT pile them on top of each other.
- When the sugar starts to get clumpy and doesn’t coat the grapes well, toss it and replace it with the remaining sugar.
- Place in the freezer, once finished coating in sugar, and let freeze for 2 hours, or until frozen through.
- Remove, serve, and enjoy!
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Rest Time: 12 Hours
Freeze Time: 2 Hours
Yields: 2 cups
• You can use any grapes you like for this recipe, but I’ve always thought the green grapes were the best because they were the most tart. However, this is a personal preference. Do not use grapes with seeds.
• Use your favorite champagne. Any will work just fine. Use a Non Alcoholic Champagne if you like.
• You do not have to freeze these. Of course, they’re more fun frozen, but they can technically be served once they’re coated. Again, this is a personal preference thing. Plus, frozen grapes last longer when sitting out for parties.
• If you don’t want to waste the sugar, you can always use it in your baked goods, because it’s just champagne-infused sugar. So, it’s perfectly usable, just with an adult twist.
These are so fun popped into a glass of champagne, or any of your favorite cocktails as a garnish, so festive and beautiful.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 36Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 1mgCarbohydrates 8gFiber 0gSugar 7gProtein 0g