As the days begin to grow shorter and our earth slowly moves towards its autumnal phase, a plethora of rustic, late summer berries burst into season. Blackberries, marionberries, huckleberries, raspberries, loganberries sparkle throughout our fruitful earth, a sea of dazzling gems ripe for the picking. The white currant, however, is the diamond in this rough. These tiny translucent jewels are actually the albino version of the more popular red and black currants, but with tangier, almost colorless flesh they make for exquisitely sophisticated liquid libations.
Not to discount the host of other late summer berries, they are all perfectly delicious. It’s simply that sometimes control over a cocktail’s color profile is everything and with the extreme purple and pink hues that come with most berry packages the white currant is a visually pure, taste bud titillating option. There are no rules, no restrictions, just a perfectly primed blank canvas. The white currant is a mixologist’s secret fairy dust. Sprinkle a few into your glass, let the breeze flow through your hair and enjoy the last magic moments of summer with The Butterfly Has Wings.
The Butterfly Has Wings
1 ¾ oz Ciroc Vodka
1 oz Lillet Blanc
¼ oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
15 white currants
2 sprigs thyme
¾ oz simple syrup
¾ oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
5 drops rose water
Muddle currants and thyme for 20 seconds with medium pressure. Add all other ingredients and shake over ice for 30 seconds. Fine strain into an antique martini glass and garnish as shown with thyme and those delectable vines of white currants.