The blackcurrants are put directly into high-percentage alcohol straight after picking and then the liqueur is ready to finish being made around Christmastime. Only our most special guests get to taste the liqueur - and then only thimblefuls... pure, as kir (with dry white wine), kir royale (with fizzy wine or champagne) or over vanilla ice cream - heavenly! I can't give exact amounts in the recipe as that all depends on how many fresh blackcurrants you have.
This is a recipe from my mother's recipe book from 70 years ago.She made this drink ready for the workers in the hayfield, and it was welcomed by them on a hot sunny day, and the smell of this drink is so evocative of the sweet smell of hay being worked. This is so easy to make, and costs so little, and is ready to drink after a few days, but if kept, becomes fizzy and alcoholic. The children love it, but make sure they drink it soon!