1/2 cup toasted, chopped walnuts
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup hot water
3 tablespoons white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine nuts and butter. Heat mixture to temperature of melted butter, and remove from heat. Stir in sugar and vanilla until smooth. In a bowl, combine hot water and remaining 1/2 cup sugar. Gently toss.
Stir mixture into hot saucepan. Heat mixture until it bubbles, then quickly soaks in sugar.
Quick and easy preparation. I wasn't overly careful with the salt, just taste-testing it and adjusting accordingly. I'm going to use light rum, but believe it or not, half and quarter thickeners don't really do anything for cocktails other than add a nice hint of flavor. I'd make this again--and probably make lemons instead of currants---a simple addition that worked wonders. UPDATE: I've tried this with and without the rum, and it seems to work. I used Meyer's Dark Rum, which seemed to work well. Thank you for the recipe.