You will love the sweet-tart qualities in this fresh red currant margarita recipe. Ginger sugar on the rim brings out the best of this drink’s flavors.

This vibrant red cocktail is perfect for Valentine’s Day or anytime you want a fun happy hour cocktail. Cocktails with currants are showstoppers and are a big hit at any party! Don’t forget to check out all of my fancy drinks recipes!

Red currants and fun facts

I feel like I scored at our local produce market this week. They had both red and white currants for only $4 a pint. I rarely see fresh red currants, so I quickly grabbed a box of each color. The color of these tart berries is so pretty that I decided to make a fun happy-hour cocktail with them.

  • Red currants are primarily ripe in the summer, as most berries are. They come in Red, white, and black varieties.
  • These berries are tart!
  • Currants are considered super-fruits with many nutritional benefits, including Vitamins C, K, Magnesium, and Potassium. They are also high in antioxidants.
  • Did you know red currant is in many facial masks because they are considered to firm up your skin?

Can you use currant syrup?

Yes! You can definitely use currant syrup in this recipe. Not many are sweetened, which will change the flavor of this cocktail slightly. We have several European specialty grocers here in the Bay Area. If you can’t find it in your area, you can order it via Amazon.

A shaker is pouring the red currant margarita into a tall martini glass.

Now that you know so much more about this berry, let’s talk about margaritas! My thought for this craft cocktail was to combine margarita flavors with the tart berries and add a little sweet orange juice to counteract the tartness. 

The homemade ginger sugar I used on the rim adds the finishing touches and compliments the margarita flavors. You can buy ginger infused sugar, or you can make homemade ginger sugar. 

This tutorial from Self Reliant School is one of the best as she walks you through every step to make this ginger sugar. 

Looking down from the top view of two margarita glasses filled with red currant margaritas. Ginger sugar lines each rim.

Fun Appetizers:

You may also like this delicious Strawberry Margarita recipe from my friend.


  1. A cocktail set makes it easy to strain this liquor into your glasses.
  2. Ginger sugar for the rim.

Red Currant Margarita with Ginger Sugar

Sandi Gaertner
These easy red currant margaritas with a ginger sugar rim are perfect for happy hour.
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Cocktail Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 2 drinks
Calories 297 kcal


  • ¼ cup red currants
  • 2 limes juiced
  • 1 orange juiced
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry Torani syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • 3 ounces tequila
  • 2 ounces orange liquor
  • 1 tablespoon ginger sugar


  • Add ice to a cocktail shaker. 
  • Mash the red currants and add to a cocktail shaker.
  • Add in the rest of the ingredients except the ginger sugar.
  • Rub lime around the rim of the glass. Roll the rim in the ginger sugar.
  • Strain the margarita into each margarita glass and drink cold.


If you can’t find fresh red currants, you can use a currant syrup.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 297kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 1gSodium: 10mgFiber: 5gSugar: 27g
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  1. Thank you for mentioning my strawberry margarita! I’m loving the look of this red currant margarita, it sounds so delicious!

  2. 5 stars
    I love fresh currants and I don’t see too many drinks made with them. I bet this tastes great, the color is beautiful!

  3. This is one of the prettiest little cocktails I’ve ever seen! May just have to make some for Valentines Day both with and without alcohol!

  4. I never know what to do with our home grown red currants so this looks like one for me to bookmark. Love how elegant these look.

  5. 5 stars
    we grow a lot of different currant types in europe at my parents home. It’s kind of an unofficial regional fruit in the Austrian alps. ^.^ I wonder if I could try this with red currant syrup too as the fresh red currant season is long over.

    1. Hi Helene,
      I am sure the syrup would be delicious in this drink too. I just found black currant syrup at a small Russian market here in the Bay Area and I am going to try it out :-).

  6. I love currants! I usually only see recipes made with blackcurrants, so it’s nice to see this made with red currants! Happy weekend!