Helen’s Cocktail of the Week – Blackcurrant Leaf Gin…thing!

written by Melina

Following on from Jen’s delicious, gently spicy, margarita last week, here is Helen with an equally summery recipe that is very much her own. So very much her own that it doesn’t actually have a name… any suggestions?

Helen’s Blackcurrant Leaf Gin….Thing

To make the blackcurrant leaf syrup:

Get yourself a couple of big handfuls of blackcurrant leaves – I get mine from my godmother’s garden.

Make a simple sugar syrup – 1/2 sugar, 1/2 water, a bit of lemon juice – mix together in a saucepan and bring to a boil for about 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes of boiling, add the (washed!) blackcurrant leaves, and steep in the sugar syrup for 5 minutes. Strain.

Pour the syrup into a clean sterilised container. Keeps for a very long time in the fridge – but this drink is so tasty I doubt you’ll have it for very long at all…

To make the ‘Blackcurrant Leaf Gin…Thing’ you will need:

  • 50 mls Tanqueray gin
  • 15 mls  homemade blackcurrant leaf syrup (see instructions above)
  • 10 mls Lemon juice
  • Prosecco to top up

Shake the gin and lemon juice with the syrup – in a cocktail shaker or a jar with a watertight lid. Strain into a rocks glass piled with crushed ice, top with prosecco, and garnish with blackcurrants.

The limits to your homemade syrup are endless – you could make this with lavender syrup, rosemary syrup, lemon thyme syrup… experiment away!