This was the first year, that I can remember that we have had red currants for over a month! Usually the birds get them! I picked a second crop and decided to make some red currant sorbet with vodka. This sorbet has an intense red currant flavor ( not too sweet) followed by a hint of vodka. I think the red currant and a vodka flavor go well together.
6 Cups of Red Currants
Juice of 2 oranges
Zest of one orange
1 cup of sugar
¼ cup of Vodka
Pot, cheese cloth, strainer
Place red currants, orange juice, zest and sugar in a pot on the stove. Take a potato masher and mash the currants. Set temperature on high until it comes to a boil then turn down to medium heat. Cook for 10 minutes. Remove from stove and pour mixture into a cheese cloth/ strainer to remove 4 cups of juice. If you don’t have exactly 4 cups of liquid just add enough water to make 4 cups.
Refrigerate for 2 hours. Once the juice has cooled down add ¼ cup of Vodka. Place juice in sorbet/ ice cream maker and follow instruction for making sorbet.
Looks delish. Do you leave the stems on while cooking?
Hi Anna, Yes leave stems – even the leaves on. You cook it for such a short time and then strain the cooked currants over cheese clothe. Whole thing takes 10 minutes plus making the sorbet- 15- 20 minutes. So easy!
I’ve experimented with using the microwave for soft fruits and berries recently with some success; useful for small quantities.
Thanks for this. I don’t own a microwave, but I bet a lot of people do and would find it very useful. That said, it only takes 10 minutes on the stove to make the red currant syrup!
That looks wonderful. I make a black currant sorbet with cointreau
Lene- That sounds really good too. I can’t wait to harvest the berries! We are getting 4-7″ of fresh snow tonight.Feels a long way off!