This sake, St. Germain and spiced black currant juice cocktail makes a perfect winter punch for your non-traditional Christmas parties and elegantly different winter affairs. Let’s stray from the red and green into the black, frosty winter night.
The Spiced Black Currant “Silent Night” Cocktail
To make this recipe, you’ll first have to make your own mulled black currant juice. Luckily, unsweetened black currant juice isn’t too tricky to find. I’m noticing more and more of the Knudsen brand organic juices in most food stores in Brooklyn, as well as some bodegas. But if your local store doesn’t carry it, there’s always Whole foods and Amazon.
A Few Tips!
1. Make this cocktail as a punch or in a batch
This cocktail is definitely better when made in a batch, as opposed to a single cocktail for 1 simple reason: even though you’re steeping the black currant juice in cloves and cinnamon, it really needs a bit more of that cinnamon flavor to give it a Christmasy kick. And placing 4-5 cinnamon sticks in the jar or punch bowl where the whole cocktail is stored really gives it the nicest flavor.
And if you do serve it as a punch, I suggest adding a few sliced limes and oranges as well as the cinnamon sticks. You can also add a little prosecco if you want to give it a few bubbles!
2. Use granulated sugar for the rim
At first, I thought powdered sugar would look a little more “snowy” but it just turns to a pasty texture. This cocktail rim looks much better “frosty” with granulated sugar. Simply pour sugar on a plate, rim your glasses with a small lime slice and tap the edges around the sugar until nicely coated.
How to Make the Spiced Black Currant Juice
Add ½ cup of unsweetened black currant juice to a sauce pan with 5-6 cinnamon sticks and a tsp. of cloves. Let it simmer on very low heat for 10 minutes. Let it rest for another 2 with the heat off. Strain the cloves and sticks, and pour into a glass jar. That’s all there is too it!
And For a Little More Wintery Cocktail Inspiration
This sake, St. Germain and spiced black currant juice cocktail makes a perfect winter punch for your non-traditional Christmas parties and elegantly different winter affairs.
- 6 cups sake
- ½ cup St. Germain
- ½ cup black currant juice - unsweetened
- 5-6 cinnamon sticks
- 1 tsp. cloves
- 1 tsp. granulated sugar
- lime juice - to rim glasses
Add black currant juice to a sauce pan with 5-6 cinnamon sticks and 1 tsp. of cloves. Simmer on low for 10 minutes. Turn off heat and let sit for another 2 minutes. Strain cloves and cinnamon, but save 4-5 cinnamon sticks. Chill spiced currant juice.
Once chilled, add 6 cups of chilled sake, ½ cup St. Germain and ½ cup spiced black currant juice to a bottle or punch bowl with 4-5 cinnamon sticks. Refrigerate until guests arrive.
If serving as punch, add a few sliced oranges and limes to the bowl with cinnamon sticks. You can also add a little prosecco to give it some lovely bubbles.
If you want to make a smaller batch in a bottle, simply measure the ingredients 3 parts sake, ¼ St. Germain and ¼ spiced currant juice. Add 3-4 cinnamon sticks to the bottle. Shake cocktail gently with ice in a shaker before serving.