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The Spiced Black Currant “Silent Night” Cocktail

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.

A sugar rimmed, black cocktail surrounded by dry baby's breath on a sugar-sprinkled table.

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 bottle of black currant juice in front of a sugar rimmed cocktail and dry baby's breath flowers.

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!

 

A few dry flowers at the base of a cocktail glass on a black table sprinkled with sugar.

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.

A cocktail glass pressed into sugar on a plate.

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!

A two step process showing how to steep currant juice with cloves and cinnamon

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The Spiced Black Currant “Silent Night” Cocktail

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.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: International
Keyword: cocktail
Servings: 14 cocktails
Calories: 176kcal

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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. 

Notes

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.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 47mg | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 7.3mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 0.3mg

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