The story behind the name ABSOLUT KURANT is black currant, a typical Swedish berry from which the flavor is taken. When launched in 1992 it was a tribute to the Swedish origin of ABSOLUT. Originally it was even supposed to be called ABSOLUT VINBÄR since the Swedish word for black currant is vinbär. Only thing was that the English pronunciation would have been wine bar.
ABSOLUT KURANT is made exclusively from natural ingredients, and unlike most other flavored vodkas, it doesn’t contain any added sugar. It’s smooth and mellow, with a fruity black currant character and a hint of tartness.
In 1879, Lars Olsson Smith introduced the continuous distillation with which he made Absolut Rent Bränvin (Absolute Pure Vodka). Instead of the usual three or four times, the vodka was distilled an infinite number of times. ABSOLUT KURANT is made the same way, the only difference is the taste of black currant. And, like the rest of the family, it’s produced in Åhus, L.O. Smith’s birth town. Since nothing of that will change, neither will the true taste of ABSOLUT KURANT.
The main ingredients in ABSOLUT KURANT are ABSOLUT VODKA and black currant flavor. ABSOLUT VODKA is made from water and winter wheat. The water comes from a deep well in Åhus where it’s protected from impurities. The winter wheat is also grown in Åhus and differs from other crops: it’s sown in fall, and harvested the next one. Days in between it grows under the Swedish snow developing its hard grain. Also, the use of fertilizers is minimized. Of course, the black currant is as natural as the rest of the ingredients
ABSOLUT KURANT is easily enjoyed in its pure and fruity natural form, but it’s also the perfect base in numerous drinks. Just take a look below!
4 parts ABSOLUT Kurant
2 parts Triple Sec
2 parts Fresh Lime Juice
3 parts Cranberry Juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Squeeze the oil from a strip of orange zest, held skin downwards and over a flame above the glass. Rub the rim with the orange zest before dropping it into the glass. Garnish with lime.
1 part ABSOLUT Kurant
Fill a highball glass to the rim with ice cubes. Pour ABSOLUT Kurant and bitter lemon over the ice. Garnish with lime.
Fill a highball glass to the rim with ice cubes. Pour ABSOLUT Kurant and cranberry juice over the ice. Garnish with lime.
Fill a highball glass to the rim with ice cubes. Pour all the ingredients over the ice. Garnish with berries.
1 part ABSOLUT Kurant
1 dash Dry Vermouth
1 dash Sugar Syrup
Muddle all ingredients in a shaker. Add ice and shake. Double strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with blackberries.