Summer Drinks: Blackcurrant Drop and Aquavit Sparkler

 

With summer just around the corner, I do declare it’s time to get making some summer drinks!  Yes.  So today I am going to share the most delicious summer drinks with you!  Good idea right?

Recently I was given the opportunity to try the Blackcurrant Liqueur and the vodka-style Aquavitus from Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery (I love my job), and mixed up 2 fantastic summer drinks.

But before I get to the delicious drink recipes, I wanted to tell you a bit about the Okanagan Spirits Craft Distillery which is located in the Okanagan valley of British Columbia, Canada.  This distillery was founded in 2004 as a way to better use the excess fruit left over from many Okanagan orchards, and distill them into fruit brandies and liqueurs.  Since then, they are Internationally acclaimed as North America’s only designated World Class Distillery!   Their products contain 100% B.C. fruit, are high quality, they contain no artificial flavours, colours or preservatives, and best of all they are delicious!

So let’s get started!

First up is the Blackcurrant Drop.  This drink is the perfect summer cocktail!  It’s fresh, delicious and bursting with blackcurrant flavour!  SO good.  This drink has a delicious layer of gin and lemon which sits on top a layer of  the Blackcurrant Liqueur.  It’s a flavour explosion in your mouth.  And I might even say it’s my new favourite cocktail…I wish you could try it.  You should try it.

Blackcurrant Drop Drink

How pretty and amazing does that look?!  Not only was this drink so yummy, the Blackcurrant Liqueur is also delicious served neat, or over ice or over ice cream.  Now I neeeeeeed to try the Raspberry, Cherry, Blackberry, Blueberry… Seriously.

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Blackcurrant Drop Aquavit Sparkler

Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Okanagan Spirits Gin
  • 1 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup see notes
  • 1/2 oz Okanagan Spirits Blackcurrant Liqueur
  • 1 oz Aquavitus
  • 1/2 oz honey syrup see notes
  • 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 2 dashes of bitters Angostura
  • sparkling wine

Instructions

  1. If you like, rim your glass with sugar. I just rub a lemon wedge along the edge of the glass, then turn the glass upside down onto a plate of sugar and coat the rim. Set aside.
  2. Then fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  3. Add the gin, lemon juice and simple syrup to the shaker, and shake.
  4. Strain the mixture into your glass.
  5. Then using a spoon, carefully pour the blackcurrant liqueur down the side of the glass until it 'drops' to the bottom of the glass.
  6. Enjoy!
  7. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  8. Add the Aquavitus, honey syrup, lemon juice and bitters and shake.
  9. Strain the mixture into a glass.
  10. Top with sparkling wine.
  11. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

To make the simple syrup, just take equal parts of sugar and water (I used 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup sugar). In a saucepan boil the sugar and water over medium - high heat until sugar has dissolved. Then remove it from the heat and let cool completely. I just put mine in the fridge until I was ready to use it. To make the honey syrup, just take equal parts of honey and water (I used 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup honey). In a saucepan over medium - high heat, bring the honey and water to a boil. Then remove it from the heat and let cool completely. I just put mine in the fridge until I was ready to use it.

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Feeling ready for summer yet?  I sure am..let’s hit the patio mmmmkay?

Have a delicious day!

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16 Comments

  • Reply Randa @ TBK March 23, 2015 at 8:05 PM I am beyond ready for summer. Both drinks sound amazing and I'm so excited to try both! I'll make the Blackcurrant Drop this weekend ;)
  • Reply Tara March 25, 2015 at 1:06 PM Oh, that sparkler looks DELICIOUS, Jo-Anna. Your video was fantastic - too. I think I might have the stuff for the Blackcurrant drop. I'm going to check that out!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 25, 2015 at 7:20 PM Thanks Tara! I'm always so nervous to make videos, but it was kind of fun! And YES make that Blackcurrant Drop - it's amazing!
  • Reply Lori March 25, 2015 at 4:36 PM Ok. Seriously! How fun is your video, and how did you not just lick that little spill off the counter...teehee! Can we buy that yummy looking Blackcurrent liquor here in Cowtown? Like right now? It's Wednesday and it is Spring Break and I'm not working...enough said! Can't wait to try that! Gotta go pry those kids apart.
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 25, 2015 at 7:22 PM Hahahaha! How funny heh?! It was kind of fun to do, I admit it! Plus I had to do 4 takes, so that means 4 drinks, and that means party time! LOL! That makes spring break much more tolerable! ;) #whatfighting? #whatkids? ;)
  • Reply LaQuita March 26, 2015 at 9:03 AM Both drinks look absolutely delicious! I'm excited to try the Blackcurrant Drop! Also, you did fantastic in your video, love it!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 26, 2015 at 11:19 AM Thank you so much LaQuita! I hope you do try the Blackcurrant Drop - it's just SO good!
  • Reply Micki March 27, 2015 at 11:06 PM Oh that Blackcurrant Drop looks like the perfect summer drink. I can't wait to try one. I have the Okanagan Spirits Raspberry Liqueur at home, so I think I'll try a version with raspberry. Yum!
    • Reply Jo-Anna@APrettyLife March 28, 2015 at 6:50 PM Thanks Micki! We LOVED this drink so much we had them again last night! ;)
  • Reply Kate @KateMovingForward April 26, 2015 at 8:05 PM Mmmmm! This looks awesome!!
  • Reply Nikki Frank-Hamilton April 29, 2015 at 12:48 PM This drink looks so good. YUM! I think I need to find some of that blackcurrant liqueur, it would be great in a mojito too! Thanks for the recipes and the tips!
  • Reply Nancy Laws May 1, 2015 at 4:43 AM All I can say for this one is YUM!! It looks so good...#turnituptuesday, #pinned
  • Reply Erika May 2, 2015 at 12:24 AM Looks amazing and I'm sure it's as good! Thanks for sharing this post in the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop! xx Erika @whaterikawears
  • Reply Theresa @DearCreatives May 6, 2015 at 4:27 PM Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party. Always great to see what your up to! Pinned & shared. Have a great rest of your week.
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