Black Currant Martini Cocktail Recipe

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Alcohol %:20%

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Black Currant Martini is a modern twist on the classic martini, incorporating the rich, fruity flavors of black currant. It is believed to have originated in the late 20th century, as black currant liqueurs gained popularity. This cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy a fruity, yet sophisticated drink.

  • Origin: Late 20th century
  • Perfect for: Fruity martini lovers
  • Sophistication: High

How Black Currant Martini Tastes?

The Black Currant Martini is a delightful balance of sweet, tart, and fruity flavors. The black currant liqueur adds a rich, deep fruitiness, while the vodka provides a clean, crisp backbone. The lemon juice adds a touch of brightness and acidity, making this cocktail both refreshing and indulgent.

Interesting facts about Black Currant Martini

  • Black currants are high in vitamin C and antioxidants
  • Black currant liqueur, also known as crème de cassis, is a popular ingredient in many cocktails
  • The Black Currant Martini is sometimes called a 'Purple Haze' due to its deep purple color


  • Vodka: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Black currant liqueur: 1 oz(30ml)
  • Lemon juice: 0.5 oz(15ml)
  • Ice: as needed
  • Black currants: 3-4
  • Garnish: Lemon Twist

A few good options for Black Currant Martini are:

  • Grey Goose
  • Belvedere
  • Khor
  • Smirnoff

Learn everything on which Vodka to choose


A smooth and neutral spirit, vodka provides the alcohol backbone without overpowering flavors. At 2 oz, it's just the right amount to keep the cocktail strong but not too boozy. Too much, and you'll overshadow the black currant; too little, and it's fruit juice in fancy clothing.

Alex Green

Black Currant Liqueur

The star of the show! Black currant liqueur adds the unique tangy-sweet profile that defines this martini. At 1 oz, the flavor is pronounced without being cloying. If you skip it, well, it's not a Black Currant Martini then, is it? Crème de Cassis could be a suitable alternative; it's still black currant, but it'll give a slightly different sweetness.

Emma Rose

Lemon Juice

Half an ounce of lemon juice brightens the drink, adding a zesty kick that cuts the sweetness. Without it, the martini might be too sweet, losing the balance. A bit more, and you're screwing up the delicate dance of flavors. Fresh is best—bottled lemon juice is the wallflower of the citrus world.

Mary Mitkina


The unsung hero. Ice chills and dilutes the drink slightly, rounding out the flavors. No ice, no chill—literally. Your martini would be warm and undiluted, a definite party foul.

Alex Green

Black Currants

A few black currants for garnish add a touch of elegance and hint at the cocktail's flavor. Eating them at the end is like finding an edible treasure at the bottom of your glass.

Emma Rose

Lemon Twist

It's all about the aromatics. The lemon twist releases essential oils, adding an aromatic dimension to your martini. Plus, it looks fancy and shows you've got skills.

Mary Mitkina

Recipe. How to make Black Currant Martini Drink

  1. In a cocktail shaker, combine the following ingredients:
    • 2 oz vodka
    • 1 oz black currant liqueur
    • 0.5 oz lemon juice
    • Ice
  2. Shake well until chilled
  3. Strain into a chilled martini glass
  4. Garnish with a lemon twist and 3-4 black currants

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality vodka for a smoother taste
  • Chill your martini glass in the freezer for a few minutes before serving
  • For an extra touch, you can sugar the rim of the glass

Perfect Pairings

Cheese Platter

  • Hard cheeses: The bold flavors of aged cheeses, like cheddar or gouda, can stand up to the tartness and sweetness of the cocktail.

Charcuterie Board

  • Cured meats: Salty prosciutto or peppery salami will complement the fruit notes and the crispness of the martini.

Light Appetizers

  • Bruschettas: Tomato and basil bruschetta would provide a refreshing contrast to the rich berry flavor.
  • Smoked salmon: The oily fish pairs beautifully with the acidity from the lemon juice.


  • Chocolate desserts: Dark chocolate can enhance the deep currant tones while balancing the tartness of the drink.
  • Lemon tarts: To echo the citrus notes and create harmony on the palate.

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What you could change in Black Currant Martini

  • Black Currant Liqueur: You can substitute with Chambord or another berry-flavored liqueur
  • Lemon Juice: Lime juice can be used for a slightly different flavor profile

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And of course - twists🍹

Blackberry Currant Martini

Swap black currant liqueur with blackberry liqueur and follow the original recipe. Expect a slightly sweeter, less tart martini with a rounder berry flavor that's plump with summer vibes.

Sparkling Black Currant Martini

After mixing the original ingredients, top with a splash of chilled prosecco or champagne. This adds effervescence and sophistication, lifting the flavors to dance on your tongue like a ballerina on bubbles.

Herbal Currant Martini

Muddle some fresh basil or rosemary with the black currants before adding the other ingredients. The herbs will add a green, earthy note that creates a complex, garden-fresh take on this fruit-forward martini.

In case you forgot basics how to make Black Currant Martini

Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Black Currant Martini

What is the alcohol content of Vodka generally used in this cocktail?

Most vodkas typically contain about 40% alcohol by volume.

What if I don't have a cocktail shaker?

You can use any container with a lid such as a mason jar or sports bottle to shake the ingredients.

Can this cocktail be made in a batch and stored for later use?

It's best to make this cocktail fresh, since the citrus juice can become bitter after some time.

Is it essential to use a Martini glass to serve this cocktail?

No, it's not essential. However, using a martini glass can enhance the aesthetic appeal of the drink.

Can I use fresh black currants instead of the liqueur?

While fresh black currants will give a fruity flavor, they won't provide the same intensity or sweetness as a black currant liqueur.

Could I replace the vodka with gin?

Yes, a gin could be used instead of vodka but it will alter the taste of the Black Currant Martini significantly.

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