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Hard Ginger Vinbärssaft (Redcurrant Cordial Cocktail)

Hard Ginger Vinbärssaft (Redcurrant Cordial Cocktail)


I’ve been looking for a cocktail which is sort of a contradiction. I wanted something light, fizzy and fruity, yet (since it’s nearly december) I wanted it to be Christmassy and festive. Couldn’t find anything which fit the bill, so I sorta made one up.

I love bourbon (it’s also helpfully quite easy to find vegan bourbons!) and since I got engaged in Stockholm, I also love all things Scandinavia. My mum grows shed loads of berries in summer so at this point my freezer is always full of frozen little dudes. My fave? Redcurrants! I remember having a soda in Sweden called Vinbärssaft and I wanted to make it seriously hard core.

The bourbon, redcurrants and the cloves make this drink Christmassy, but the ginger and the bubbles make it refreshing and light. A perfect balance, I’d say!

Wanna make it VIRTUALLY non alcoholic? Switch the ginger beer for kombucha and leave out the bourbon! Oooooh mama! 


Makes 3-4 drinks worth of Vinbärssaft. 

For the Vinbärssaft (redcurrant syrup)

100g redcurrants (fresh or frozen)

3 cloves

35g caster sugar

1/8 tsp citric acid (or 1tsp lemon juice)

Put the berries, cloves and sugar in a saucepan with 120ml water and bring to a boil. Simmer until the berries are all burst (around 7 minutes).

Put the berries into a muslin bag and strain out the juice into a measuring jug, being careful not to burn yourself. Add the citric acid and stir. Allow to cool.

Makes one drink

For the Cocktail

Ice cubes

Lime slice to garnish

1 tbsp Vinbärssaft (redcurrant syrup)

Juice of half a lime

50ml vegan bourbon (Bulleit or Woodford Reserve are great)

200ml ginger beer (or to taste)

To Make The Cocktail

Pop the ice and the lime slice into a rocks glass or small tumbler.

In a cocktail shaker add the Vinbärssaft, the lime juice and the bourbon. Pour over the ice into the glass. Top up with ginger beer.

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