Classic Mixology: Cocktail & Mixed Drink Recipes

Currant Shrub

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1 quart currant

Ingredient: currant

What it is:  Fruit
With maturity, the tart flavor of redcurrant fruit is slightly greater than its black-currant relative, but with approximate sweetness. The albino variant of redcurrant, often referred to as white currant, has the same tart flavor but with greater sweetness. Although frequently cultivated for jams and cooked preparations, much like the white currant, it is often served raw or as a simple accompaniment in salads, garnishes, or drinks when in season.

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juice, strained
1 1/2 pound loaf sugar

Ingredient: loaf sugar

Also Known As:  sugarloaf What it is:  Additive
Traditional form in which refined sugar was produced and sold until the late 19th century when granulated and cube sugars were introduced. A tall cone with a rounded top, it was the end product of a process that saw the dark molasses-rich raw sugar, which had been imported from sugar cane growing regions such as the Caribbean and Brazil, refined into white sugar. Raw cane sugar the best, easily available substitute.

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1/2 gill brandy

Ingredient: brandy

What it is:  Brandy
Brandy (from brandywine, derived from Dutch brandewijn—"burnt wine") is a spirit produced by distilling wine, the wine having first been produced by fermenting grapes. Brandy generally contains 35%–60% alcohol by volume and is typically taken as an after-dinner drink. While some brandies are aged in wooden casks, most are colored with caramel coloring to imitate the effect of such aging.

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Boil it gently 8 or 10 minutes, skimming it well; take it off, and when lukewarm, add 1/2 gill of brandy to every pint of shrub. Bottle tight.

A little shrub mixed with ice water makes a delicious drink. Shrub may be made of Cherry or Raspberry juice by this method, but the quantity of sugar must be reduced.