Zesty Grape Juice Cooler

-Recipe from Yamuna mataji

  Homemade juices are more pure and fresh in flavor than their store-bought counterparts. Concord, emperor and cardinal red-purple grapes yield outstanding juice. Even if you do not have a juicer, it is relatively easy to pass the fruit through the fine disk of a food mill or simply puree it and press it through a fine sieve. Both methods produce a juice puree that takes well to the addition of sparkling water.

Preparation time (after assembling ingredients): 20 minutes
Makes: 2 quarts/liters

* 3-inch (1.5 * 7.5 cm) piece of orange zest
teaspoon (1 ml) cardamom seeds
4 whole cloves
6 cups (1.5 liters)
Grape juice
cup (60 ml) honey or maple syrup (optional)
3-inch (7.5 cm) piece of cinnamon stick
2 cups (480 ml) sparkling water.

1.    Tie the zest, cardamom seeds and cloves in a small piece of cheesecloth. Place the juice and optional honey or maple syrup in a large enamel or stainless steel pan and bring to near the boiling point over moderate heat.
2.    Remove the pan from the heat, add the spice bag and cinnamon stick, cover, and set aside until the juice has cooled to tepid. Remove the spice bag and cinnamon stick and chill. Add the sparkling water before serving.