Light beers are usually the preferred drink of golfers, but these days, a new beverage is starting to take center stage on the putting green: Transfusions. This refreshing cocktail is a beautiful blend of grape juice, ginger ale, and vodka. It is fruity and refreshing, with just enough of a kick to relax you as you are playing your game.

transfusion cocktail served with lime

Although nobody knows quite where the drink came from, it’s currently served on golf courses from coast to coast and prestigious places like the Augusta National. It even has possible presidential ties. Apparently, Dwight D. Eisenhower used to drink this cocktail when he was relaxing at his country club of choice in Palm Desert, California, after the conclusion of his presidency. That kind of endorsement makes this drink one that most people want to take notice of.


Transfusion Cocktail

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword Summer Drinks, Vodka
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 4 minutes
Servings 1
Author My Bartender


  • 2 Ounces Vodka
  • 2 Ounces Ginger Ale
  • ½ Ounce Lime Juice
  • 1 Ounce Concord Grape Juice
  • Grapes Garnish
  • Candied Ginger Garnish


  • Mix the grape juice, lime juice and vodka in a shaker and shake thoroughly
  • Pour the mixture over ice cubes in a rocks glass
  • Add ginger ale and garnish with crystallized ginger and Concord grapes

Concord Grape Ice Cubes

If you want to get a little more fancy and have the patience to wait.  Make your Concord grape ice cubes. You can do this by filling a standard tray with grape juice and freezing it. After just this tiny bit of prep work, you will be able to put together your cocktail easily, and the designer cubes add a whole new level of class and technique to this already stellar drink.

Modifications and Enhancements 

The key is in the combination of ingredients. Premium vodka is a great conduit for the other ingredients in the beverage, and the ginger ale gives it a nice kick and some refreshing bubbles. The grape juice rounds it off nicely with a little bit of sweetness and a few electrolytes. As a result, you won’t get dehydrated while out playing on the courses. It’s also simple to make and store, making it the perfect companion for your golf game.

It can also be modified slightly. Bryan Schneider, New York City bartender, replaces ginger ale with club soda and ginger syrup for a fancier feel. He also pops in Concord grape ice cubes that keep the drink cold and give it a fruity kick. Even if you don’t find yourself out on the golf course, you can still enjoy this drink.

If you want to sample a delicious drink that works just as well on the golf course as off of it, try a Transfusion. This refreshing cocktail blends some familiar flavors and can be elevated to the point where it’s fancy enough to serve even at galas and formal events. The Concord grape ice cubes give it a gourmet twist and are simple enough to make right at home. The next time you want to impress your guests, try out this unique and delicious cocktail. You will not regret it!

Please drink responsibly, be fully accountable with your alcohol consumption, and show others respect.

Written by My Bartender

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