Don’t Judge Me Mondays: Currant Event
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).
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.
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.
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!
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 2 tablespoons red currant syrup
- juice of 1/4 medium lemon
- 3 ounces champagne or other sparkling wine
- Add the gin, lemon juice and syrup to a cocktail shaker filled halfway with ice.
- Shake everything up and pour into a clear glass.
- Add the champagne or sparkling wine to the glass and gently stir.
- Top with a piece of lemon peel for garnish.