Food

Current Cassis

A new small-batch black currant liqueur from the Hudson Valley

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In 1911, the logging industry lobbied for a national ban on black currants, arguing that they were hosts for certain forms of fungal diseases that threatened pine trees. The lobbyists succeeded in passing this prohibition, but botanists developed disease-resistant varieties of the berries as the century progressed. The feds eventually allowed states to legalize the plants, and various states started doing so in the '60s. New York only repealed its ban in 2003.

The use of black currants in cocktails has lagged, as delicious domestically produced liqueurs are still hard to come by. That makes Current Cassis, a new small-batch product from the Hudson Valley, all the more exciting.

Having tasted this tangy, bittersweet liqueur in many different drinks, I've concluded that the best way to imbibe it is in a glass, over a single large ice cube. It can also be paired with champagne to make a kir royale, but don't overcomplicate it. Enjoy the drink and revel in the fact that the government has finally stopped holding black currants hostage and made them available to consumers.

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  3. “I’ve concluded that the best way to imbibe it is in a glass, over a single large ice cube.”

    Rest assured that any spirit that requires a large ice cube as an accompaniment is perhaps half-a-level above knock-off cologne in a bottle.

    Maybe if Reason actually took an honest libertarian stance on things it would not need to desperately market third-rate swill to its readers.

    1. Indeed. Wyoming whiskey, neat.

    2. I believe the single large ice cube is trending because it cools the drink without excessively diluting it with water.

  4. Teen GQ here we come!

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