I found this week’s cocktail from a blog I follow, Lazaro Cooks. He always has the best recipes, and sometimes makes things thirty times just to get the recipe right. How dedicated is that? His wife is so lucky too, because he makes the most delicious meals for her. One of the other perks about his blog is that he has guest bloggers that provide great recipes, and sometimes a mixologist or two. Kate Shea Kennon provided this delicious recipe for the Currant Affair on Lazaro Cooks! last week.
3 oz. vodka
2 oz. red currant simple syrup
Unsweetened grapefruit soda
Red currants for garnish
To make a red currant simple syrup, dissolve one cup sugar in one cup water over low flame. When the sugar dissolves, add one cup of red currants. Stir and let cool. Pour into an airtight container and the syrup will last for up to four months.
“In the Currant Affair, I used Gokurí Grapefruit Soda, a soft drink from the Japanese Beverage Company, Suntory. Gokurí, while difficult to find if you don’t live near a Japanese grocery, is particularly wonderful in cocktails. It was the true key to this cocktail’s success: Gokurí has real fruit pulp, and it doesn’t hide the grapefruit tartness with sugar. It’s a very sophisticated beverage, and the same effect could be had with grapefruit juice and some club soda. You don’t want to use an American grapefruit soda like Squirt, as good as Squirt is, because it is too sweet and will pile on and overpower your currants.”
Yesterday’s location was Bora Bora. Many of y’all guessed it right, and were on the same wavelength as me. I had to choose it for this week because it was so appropriate, being that Ali and her two last bachelors will be there next week. Plus, I wanted to get a heads up on what the location looked like, before seeing it next week on the show.