Don’t Judge Me Mondays: Currant Event

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I am finding all kinds of delicious ways to use the Red Currant Syrup I made last week!  Obviously I had to make at least one cocktail with it 🙂  I decided I wanted to do something involving gin.  I just thought that the herbaceous qualities of gin would be lovely with the Red Currant flavor of the syrup.  I also thought the syrup would be quite tasty with some sparkling wine, so I was torn.  Then I remembered that a French 75 typically has both gin AND bubbly- voila, a cocktail was born!  I am calling it the Currant Event because I feel like anytime you pop open the bubbly, it’s for an event, or cause for celebration (and, you know, puns).

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We’re going to start by adding the gin, lemon juice and syrup to a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice.  If you want a garnish, make sure you peel off a strip of the lemon zest with a zester or peeler before juicing it.

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Shake everything up and pour into a champagne flute (the tall one) or coupe (the short one- like what I’m using here).  If you don’t have a champagne glass, try to use a clear glass of some kind.  The syrup is such a pretty color, it would be a shame to hide it.  The glass should be about half full at this point.

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Look at that color!

Add the champagne or sparkling wine to the glass and gently stir.  If you are using a sparking wine, make sure it is a Prosecco or another dry sparkling wine.  The syrup is already adding enough sweet flavor, so using something like a Moscato would make it too sugary.

Top with a piece of lemon peel for garnish. Sip and enjoy!

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Currant Event
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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 2 tablespoons red currant syrup
  • juice of 1/4 medium lemon
  • 3 ounces champagne or other sparkling wine

Instructions

  1. Add the gin, lemon juice and syrup to a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice.
  2. Shake everything up and pour into a clear glass.
  3. Add the champagne or sparkling wine to the glass and gently stir.
  4. Top with a piece of lemon peel for garnish.
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