For Christmas last year we had a drink called Cider and Black, a mix of dry hard cider and blackcurrant cordial. Hard cider, which has the same alcohol content as beer at about 5% in volume, is becoming popular at least here in Virginia. I like the combination of hard cider and blackcurrant because it's very light and slightly sweet. It's a ladies' drink, I guess.
To make Cider and Black: half-fill a tall glass with ice, add 4:1 dry hard cider/cordial, stir, and enjoy.
Blackcurrant Cordial1 pound frozen blackcurrant
half pound sugar
1 cup water
juice and zest of 1 lemon
- In a medium stainless steel saucepan, heat blackcurrant, water, and sugar to a gentle simmer, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Simmer for 3 minutes. Add lemon juice and zest and simmer for 3 minutes. Let cool completely. Pass through a fine sieve; transfer cordial into a sterilized bottle and refrigerate until needed.