I used vodka and my own homegrown red currants to try this recipe. It worked beautifully. The color of the liqueur made with the red currants is a delicate red. I taste tested it by making a kir royale with Prosecco. Delicious!
Hubby came home from the Russian market with frozen currants -- a rarity here in the American South. I didn't feel like baking so I selected this recipe. Soaked them for 3 months in pure grain alcohol because that's what I had on hand (for making limoncello). The result was a good syrup for kir, too strong for ice cream sauce. I'll try vodka next time and meanwhile store this in the freezer and serve in tiny shot glasses.Thanks for posting this useful recipe.