Yes, I know it is not Friday. But I wrote this post last Friday while out of town and of course forgot my cord to upload the photos. Since I’ll be out of town again this coming Friday, I thought I’d give this post to you a little early. Isn’t everyday a little like Friday during the summer anyway?
Alright, with that said, let’s carry on…
I love going to Farmer’s Markets in the summer. Wandering from table to table looking at the bounty that summer gardens provide is something that makes me feel all Zen inside. Zucchini, tomatoes, cucumbers, sweet onions and many more vegetables and fruits are not only intensely more tasty and fresh during these warm weeks, they are also easier to use in simpler forms, showcasing the flavors that are often lacking out of season. Light pickling and quick grilling can bring out the best in Farmer’s Market finds without taking away from that just-picked taste. Who could say no to multi-colored carrots, beautiful tomatoes, fragrant Thai basil and crazy purple kohlrabi?
Just last weekend, I was meandering around the St. Paul Farmer’s Market with my mom when my attention was turned to a table filled with bright red currants. I was struck by the somewhat romantic way the bunches spilled over the containers in splashes of ruby red. The bunches of tiny berries cascading like grapes on the vine are a gorgeous addition to pancakes, salads, or even as an ice-cream topping. While those ideas are all well-and-good, I’m going to share a recipe for a simple and beautiful cocktail: the Currant Cosmo.
The method here is very simple and can be done with berries other than currants. Raspberries, strawberries, cherries and blueberries would all make a delicious cocktail. Simply take about a cup of fresh berries and place them in a fine strainer. Then, use an ice cream scooper to mash the juice from the berries into a bowl. The strainer will keep any seeds or skin bits from making it into the juice. The result is a colorful, fresh flavored juice that is absolutely perfect for using in cocktails this summer. The color of the cocktail pictures is is au natural from the currants. Draping a bunch of currants on the edge of the cocktail glass makes an elegant and whimsical garnish.
So far this summer, currants are my favorite Farmer’s Market find. What are some of your favorite finds? I’d love to hear what seasonal delicacies you all have found!
Makes 1 cocktail
2 oz. currant juice (or other berry juice)
2 oz. vodka or gin
1 oz. dry vermouth or Grand Marnier
Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until your can’t stand the icy cold (but don’t hurt your hands!) and pour into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with extra berries and/or a lime wedge.