Easy & Delicious Blackcurrant Liqueur Recipe (2024)

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A simple recipe for sweet and smooth blackcurrant rum liqueur. Mix it into champagne for Kir Royale or sip it neat. It’s like Ribena for adults.

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Kids in Britain grow up on Ribena, a cordial made with concentrated blackcurrant juice, sugar, and a few other things. I’m not saying it’s healthy, but everyone’s had it. Saying that, very few people actually eat blackcurrants. They might decorate the top a fancy dessert but in the shop, they’re few and far between. Plump and juicy and bursting with zingy fruitiness, they make excellent preserves, wine, and liqueurs.

This easy recipe for blackcurrant rum liqueur is one of the best I’ve come across. I’ve been making it on and off for seven years and after it’s infused, it lasts for months. Though all its liquid is rum, you wouldn’t know it, and you’ll instantly be reminded of Ribena. It’s sweet and smooth and I like to sip it neat from a small glass; a larger one would be a little dangerous! Blackcurrant liqueur is one of the best ways to preserve that delicious taste of summer.

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Growing Blackcurrants

If you live in Britain, Europe, or parts of North America, you might be able to find blackcurrants at a farmers market. If not, you can grow your own. Check to make sure there aren’t restrictions on growing Ribes in your area and if your garden is suitable. They prefer temperate climates with rich, well-drained soil. In an open position, they’ll grow over five feet tall but in containers, they’ll stay a bit smaller. Though they’re self-fertile, they produce more berries when planted with others.

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Related to redcurrants, gooseberries, and jostaberries, blackcurrants are a ribe and very easy to propagate from cuttings. If you know someone who has one, it’s very easy to start off your own plant from a small branch of theirs. Literally stick it in the ground and it will grow into a new plant. Make sure that the plant isn’t suffering from any disease though first.

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Blackcurrant Liqueur Recipe

  • Gold Jamaican rum
  • Blackcurrants
  • Sugar or agave syrup

Make Blackcurrant Liqueur

The method is incredibly simple. Half-fill a large preserving jar with ripe blackcurrants. Squish or tear each one open as you pop it inside. Fill the rest of the container with rum and seal. Now comes the difficult part, waiting for the berries to infuse. Let the mixture sit for one to two months in a dark and cool place. Give the jar a swirl every few days if you can remember.

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Sweeten Homemade Blackcurrant Liqueur

Strain the now vibrant red liquid from the berries and add sugar and/or agave syrup to taste. I tend to use about a cup of granulated sugar per 750ml of liquid and it will take a few days of swirling it around in the liquid for the sugar to dissolve. You can use less (or more!) so the sweetness factor is up to you. Pour into clean, sterilized bottles and use within a year. The flavor should be rich, sweet, and delicious on its own. You can also mix it with champagne to make Kir Royale. It’s an easy recipe and I have no doubt that if you make it once, you’ll be making it again and again for years to come.

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Tanya Anderson

Tanya Anderson of Lovely Greens is an organic gardener, soapmaker, author, YouTube creator and the main writer of this website. She's passionate about growing plants for skincare, soapmaking, and seasonal eating.

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  1. Have been wondering what to do with blackcurrants this year….this solves my problem. Great idea, thank you for sharing!


  2. Do you have any videos on sterilizing bottles, or one that you recommend? I’m looking forward to trying this in the coming year :)


    1. I don’t yet, but there are two main methods that I use. The first is running the bottles through the dishwasher on a normal cycle without soap. The other is placing clean and dry bottles in the oven at 275F (or 130C) for thirty minutes. Just make sure that no part of the bottle is plastic (such as a cap) if you use the latter method.


    1. YES! I'm always down for a co*cktail party :D


  3. I will try this. Currants are very good this year.


    1. They are excellent this year! In fact, I'm about to make another batch of redcurrant jelly.


    2. Would this work using boyson berries in spiced rum?


      1. I’ve not tried, but don’t see why not :)


  4. This is a much more sensible recipe than the one I've just tried. Most of it ended up down my kitchen cabinets (there's a photo if you can bear to see it…) and quite a lot of things are pink now. It'll be a while before I do anything with blackcurrants again.


    1. Haha! No doubt you'll wait until next year :)


    2. I made my best gin with blackcurrant! Have tried rhubarb and orange zest which was also delish, but blackcurrant was best!


  5. Also where did you find wine jugs w cork glass?


    1. You could reuse a clear wine bottle but I'd recommend that you stick with a screw cap version to keep costs down. I make my own wine so already have the equipment to cork bottles.


  6. I have some muleberries I picked and froze. I can thaw out some out and use rum or vodka? I just have to cut off the stems.


    1. I'm not familiar with Muleberries Sanni, but I expect that they would work just fine with this recipe.


  7. Thanks Tanya. I'm going to try this with youngberries this year – though I'll probably use vodka instead ;)


    1. Vodka would be a good choice too! Have fun Dani :)


Easy & Delicious Blackcurrant Liqueur Recipe (2024)


What is blackcurrant liqueur called? ›

Crème de cassis (French pronunciation: [kʁɛm də kasis]) (also known as Cassis liqueur) is a sweet, dark red liqueur made from blackcurrants.

What is the difference between blackcurrant and cassis? ›

The blackcurrant (Ribes nigrum), also known as black currant or cassis, is a deciduous shrub in the family Grossulariaceae grown for its edible berries. It is native to temperate parts of central and northern Europe and northern Asia, where it prefers damp fertile soils.

Is there a difference between cassis and crème de cassis? ›

Bottles labeled Crème de Cassis de Dijon contain only blackcurrants grown in Dijon, while Cassis de Bourgogne uses currants grown in the greater Burgundy region. Legislation dictates that the liqueur must have a minimum alcoholic content of 15 percent ABV, and contain at least 400 grams of sugar per liter.

What is a substitute for black currant liqueur? ›

You can use kirsch, a cherry brandy, as a substitute for the black currant liqueur. You should be able to find kirsch, as it is a fairly common liqueur.

Is Chambord a blackcurrant? ›

Chambord is a super premium black raspberry liqueur that is made in the Loire Valley of France. It is crafted with 100% natural ingredients, which include blackberries, raspberries, and blackcurrant.

What's the difference between cassis and Chambord? ›

Although Chamboard and Cassis are two different liqueurs, the two can be interchanged in most recipes. Créme de Cassis is made with black currants and is a bit sweeter and more syrupy than Chambord. Chambord is made with blackberries, raspberries, and black currants and is a bit more complex and refined.

What is the best flavor of blackcurrant? ›

Ebony is a high yielding blackcurrant with the sweetest flavour, intended for eating when fresh. The fruit is huge, often about the size of the other big variety, Big Ben, and when ripe it is easily sweet enough to eat without sugar.

What is the best type of black currant? ›

Swedish Black 1 L F-G Berries are very sweet, having the highest sugar content and one of the best flavors of any black currant evaluated at the University of Idaho.

Why is blackcurrant so good? ›

Blackcurrants have more than three times the vitamin C of oranges and anthocyanin levels second only to some types of blueberry (Bibliography Ref: 1). These anthocyanins can help fight against cardiovascular disease, ageing, joint inflammation, eyestrain, urinary infections, kidney stones and even cancer.

Can Chambord replace crème de cassis? ›

You can find Crème de Cassis at most wine and spirit stores. Chambord (made with blackberries )can also be used.

What is a good substitute for cassis? ›

The 4 Best Substitutes for Creme de Cassis
  • Condiments. • 1 Black currant syrup.
  • Beer, wine & spirits. • 1 Kirsch. • 1 Raspberry liqueur.
  • Other. • Chambord.

Can you drink cassis straight? ›

At 16% ABV, it's perfect for sipping straight over ice or spiking a Tuesday night glass of seltzer. On Valentine's Day, I poured a splash atop cava for a take on a Kir Royale, and when an unwelcome snow storm hit the following week, I even added some to a mug of hot apple cider.

Why don't america use blackcurrant? ›

The plant acts as a host for the white pine blister rust that threatened the timber industry. In 1911, the federal government banned the cultivation, sale, and transport of blackcurrants to protect the white pine. Government programs systematically destroyed blackcurrant plants by chemical spraying.

How much alcohol is in blackcurrant liqueur? ›

35cl 16.6% abv. A beautifully concentrated crisp blackcurrant liqueur with a remarkable depth.

What is the famous blackcurrant drink? ›

Ribena Blackcurrant Concentrate has been enjoyed by generations since its launch in 1936. This popular fruit drink contains blackcurrants grown in Britain and is rich in vitamin C.

Which of the following liqueurs is flavored with black currant? ›

Creme de cassis

Crème de cassis is a blackcurrant liqueur which originated in France and is made by both infusion and maceration.

What flavor is Chambord? ›

Chambord is a black raspberry liqueur, sweetened with honey and flavoured with exotic spices. Made using 100% natural ingredients including Madagascan vanilla, Moroccan citrus peel, honey and cognac. Inspired by a raspberry liqueur gifted to Louis the 14th at Chateau Chambord (image above), in the 17th century.

What is the name of the berry liqueur? ›

Chambord is produced in the Loire Valley from raspberries and blackberries, Madagascar vanilla, Moroccan citrus peel, honey and cognac. Whole raspberries and blackberries are steeped in French spirits for a period of several weeks to produce a fruit infusion.

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