Red Currant Mohito – Summer Cocktail

Red Currant Mohito
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This recipe for Red Currant Mohito came about when I received a bunch of red currants from a neighbour, who grows them.

Red Currant Mohito
Red Currant Mohito

It challenged me to come up with a recipe, which a sudden abundance always does. And,  because I have never published a cocktail recipe, and have been wanting to, this seemed like the perfect opportunity. And with all the mint growing in my own garden, a mohito was calling to me. Plus, it’s summertime, which means, cocktails on the deck, right?

About Red Currant

Red currant (or in the UK, redcurrant) are beautiful berries with a delightful balance of tart and sweet. Currants are closely related to the gooseberry, and there are black and white varieties besides the red. They are delicious eaten just as they are, and on salads and desserts. Red currants are a super healthy food, too. Check out all the nutrition benefits of eating these little berries: What Are the Nutrients in Red Currants?

Fun Fact About Red Currants

Here’s an interesting fact: the dried currants that you can buy in the store are not currants at all, but a small seedless dried grape. This is from an old cookbook; “The Kitchen Gardener’s Companion” by Pat Katz. Looking through my huge cookbook collection for inspiration was disappointing. Currants are rarely mentioned, and even then, usually only for jams and jellies.

Red Currant Simple Syrup

Left to my own inspiration, I made a very simple syrup with my currants to use in this drink. You can also use this syrup to make a lovely vinaigrette, pour on pancakes, ice cream or as a glaze for grilled chicken or pork. I love recipes that serve more than one purpose, and this one really does.

A classic mohito is usually muddled mint, sugar, lime and rum. This delicious drink just adds a new and yummy dimension.

You don’t need to stem the currants, since they will be strained out.

Red currant, just harvested
Red currant, just harvested

How To Make A Red Currant Mohito

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Red Currant Mohito
Red Currant Mohito
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
5 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Red Currant gives this refreshing Mohito a delightful tartness.

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 214 kcal
Author: Colleen
Ingredients
Red Currant Syrup
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups red currants
For the Mohitos
  • 2 cup ice cubes
  • 4 ounce red currant syrup
  • juice of 1/2 lime
  • 24 fresh mint leaves plus one for garnish
  • 8 ounces white rum
  • 16 ounces club soda
Instructions
  1. To make syrup, put sugar and water in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Add currants and continue to boil for 2 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and use a potato masher to crush any unbroken berries.
  4. Allow to cool completely. Strain and discard solids.
  5. To make each mohito, in a 16 ounce mason jar, put all ingredients except club soda. Put lid on jar and shake vigorously.
  6. Remove lid, top with club soda, and garnish with a mint leaf and a sprig of red currant berries.
  7. Serve immediately with a straw for sipping.
Nutrition Facts
Red Currant Mohito
Amount Per Serving
Calories 214
% Daily Value*
Sodium 28mg1%
Potassium 188mg5%
Carbohydrates 21g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 280IU6%
Vitamin C 24.8mg30%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Red Currant Mohito
Red Currant Mohito

 


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12 thoughts on “Red Currant Mohito – Summer Cocktail

  1. This is fabulous. Red currants are so tart but so, so delicious. I love how you used currant syrup and fresh mint leaves…really taking advantage of this beautiful summer we’re having! 🙂

  2. I actually took 5 seconds before I scrolled down. I was just staring at the picture of those mojitos! Ah Friday. I need those this weekend. And they remind me of Christmas too so that’s a bonus. Cheers to the weekend indeed! (I wonder where I could find currants though…I haven’t seen them around)

  3. I just cooked with red currants the other day (I love them in savoury dishes), but I’ve never made a drink with them! I’ve got a good bunch of them left in the fridge though… so perhaps it’s time to start experimenting a little bit! 😀

  4. Congratulations on the red currant harvest! Isn’t it so satisfying to grow something delicious on your own and then create something even more delicious? I love the idea of a Red Currant Mojito! Great post Colleen.

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