Honeyed Blackcurrent Cordial (with a Smash!)
Ingredients
Blackcurrant Juice
Honeyed Blackcurrant Cordial
Blackcurrant Smash
Instructions
  1. Clean and pick through blackcurrants, removing stems and leaves (some stems are okay, we’re pretty casual here!)
  2. In a saucepan, combine cleaned blackcurrants and water. Bring to simmer. Reduce heat and continue to simmer on low for 15-30 minutes, until blackcurrants have split and are soft. You can help the process along by gently smushing with a metal spoon. Keep in mind, blackcurrants stain EVERYTHING!!!
  3. Line a large, deep bowl with cheesecloth. I like to fold mine in half to get a good filter going on. Pour in the blackcurrant mixture. Gather the cheesecloth by the corners and tie together: not too tightly, but tight enough that it’ll hold.
  4. Hang the cheesecloth bag by a kitchen cabinet pull, and position the large bowl underneath it. Leave it overnight and let the juice from the blackcurrants slowly drip into the bowl.
  5. DON’T BE TEMPTED TO PRESS/SQUEEZE/MANHANDLE THE BAG!! Otherwise the juice will end up cloudy, and who wants cloudy juice?!?
  6. Toss out the leftover blackcurrant pulp, if you want, or if you’re feeling adventurous, try using it in a smoothie or mixed in your morning yogurt. (I highly recommend not doing this if you omitted removing the twigs and leaves. I mean, eating healthy is important, but let’s not get crazy here!)
Honeyed Blackcurrant Cordial
  1. Pour the blackcurrant juice into a small saucepan. Add the honey.
  2. Add the lemon juice, being careful to strain the juice. We’re looking for a clean, clear cordial here.
  3. Combine, and gently simmer on low for about 5 minutes, until the mixture slightly thickens and the ingredients have melded.
  4. Pour your cordial in a lovely bottle if you have, or a mason jar, if you don’t. Keep refrigerated until ready to use. (Can safely keep for two weeks)
Honeyed Blackcurrant Smash
  1. In a glass, combine gin and honeyed blackcurrant cordial. Add a small sprig of rosemary and gently muddle with the back of a spoon. Remove rosemary, add copious amounts of ice, then top with sparkling water.
  2. Garnish with fresh sprig of rosemary and thick lemon peel, if desired.
  3. Enjoy!
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