Currant Hustle Cocktail Recipe

Currant Hustle Cocktail Recipe
Staff Writer
Currant Hustle
Kara Masi

Currant Hustle

I’ve been on a Bulldog Gin kick the last few months. It’s an affordable gin that can stand on its own (like in a Gin Rickey) and also blends well. I served it with lychee juice and soda water at a Thai-themed dinner, and then with soda water, chilled green tea, and a dash of simple syrup at a Chinese-themed dinner.

This crowd-pleasing recipe is created by one of my supper club co-chefs, Eric Sherman. It’s a refreshing cocktail that is perfect for warm-weather entertaining.

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce currant syrup
  • ½ ounce lemon-lime juice (made with 3 parts fresh lemon juice to 1 part fresh lime juice)
  • 1 ½ ounces Bulldog Gin
  • Ice
  • 3 ½ ounces sparkling water (or dry sparkling wine, if you want to give it an extra kick!)
  • Orange zest, preferably blood orange or another thick-skinned orange

Directions

Combine the currant syrup, citrus juice, and gin together and stir. Add ice as desired and then finish with the sparkling water (or sparkling wine). Stir to combine.

Garnish the drink by cutting a swath of blood orange zest, holding it above the glass and pinching it in half, in front of a lit match, zest side toward the flame. The oils in the fruit skin caramelize and provide a wonderful aroma in the cocktail.

Currant Shopping Tip

Buying fruits in season when they are at the peak of their freshness make for great tasting food and can save you money.

Currant Cooking Tip

Don’t throw out your overripe fruit – instead blend into a smoothie or salad dressing, add to muffin batter, bake into a cobbler, or boil down with sugar and a little lemon juice to make jam.