Red Currant Cosmopolitan

I am a little surprised by the number of cocktails I have developed for this blog. I’m not a big cocktail drinker but somehow I cannot help myself – the minute I start thinking about different ways to work with interesting fruits, vegetables, herbs or spices, I start to imagine about how they might translate into delicious cocktails. A pint of luscious red currants from the Ottawa Farmers’ Market was this week’s inspiration – not quite enough to make jelly, too many seeds in the little red orbs for jam or a condiment. Then I thought about how red currants are similar in flavour to cranberries, which led me to the lovely Cosmopolitan. I think this is my new favourite drink.

Red currant juice makes for an absolutely delicious, vibrant-hued Cosmopolitan cocktail.

Red currant juice makes for an absolutely delicious, vibrant-hued Cosmopolitan cocktail.

Ingredients

For the red currant juice

  • 1 pint (approx 300 g) fresh red currants
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup (90 mL) sugar (add up to 2 tablespoons/30 mL if you prefer things sweeter)

For the cocktail

  • 2 ounces (60 mL) vodka
  • 1/2 ounce (15 mL) Triple Sec or other orange liqueur
  • 1 ounce (30 mL) red currant juice
  • 1/2 ounce (15 mL) freshly squeezed lime juice

Method

For the juice

  • Put red currants and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
  • Pour the berries and water into a cheesecloth-lined sieve or colander elevated over a bowl. Allow to drip for 5 minutes. Do not squeeze or press down on the fruit while it is dripping as this will make the juice cloudy.
  • While juice is dripping, wash the pot that you cooked the berries in.
  • Return the juice to the clean pot along with the 1/3 cup (90 mL) sugar. Heat, stirring, just until sugar dissolves. Taste the juice and if it is too tart for your liking, add up to 2 tablespoons (30 mL) more sugar.
  • Pour the finished juice into a clean 2 cup / 500 mL glass jar. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Juice can be stored in the fridge for one week or frozen for up to a year. If freezing, make sure to leave at least 1 inch (2.5 cm) headspace at the top of the jar.

For one cocktail

  • Fill a cocktail shaker (or clean 500 mL/2 cup glass jar with a tight lid) with ice. Add vodka, Triple Sec, red currant juice and lime juice.
  • Cover and shake for 1 minute to thoroughly blend and chill the drink.
  • Strain into a glass and garnish with either fresh red currants, a lime slice or and orange slice.

 

 

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About Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I play with words and with food. I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. I'm also an enthusiastic explorer of faraway lands and cuisines.
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