Red currant Cosmopolitan

Colourful, flavourful cocktail a big hit!

I am a little surprised by the number of cocktails I have developed for this website. 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.


For the red currant juice:

  • 1 pint (approx 300 grams) fresh red currants
  • 2 cups (500 mL) 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


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.

Author: Paula Roy

Welcome to my kitchen! I love simple dishes prepared with passion and am always seeking to find new methods to make food as fun and flavourful as possible. If you enjoy this space be sure to check out my Rogers TV Ottawa cooking show, Paula Roy's Favourite Foods, available on local cable, streaming and a dedicated playlist on Rogers TV's YouTube channel.

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