Black currant, or cassis as it is known in France, is a fruit unfamiliar to most Americans. Its flavor is distinct and complex: intense purple berry, tart, slightly bitter, with spicy floral notes and a richness suggestive of chocolate or coffee.
Straight blackcurrant jam is sometimes too strong for those who haven't tried the fruit before, whereas blueberries on their own tend to make a fairly bland jam—the terpenes that give them their mild flavor are volatile and dissipate when cooked.
Paired they create balance; a splash of Bombay Sapphire Gin mediates the partnership, lending strength to the blueberry with the terpenes in juniper.
Blueberries and black currants from Voytko Farms in Auburn Township, Ohio.