You can soak the currants in wine overnight. Water, tea, rose water, and cognac can substitute for wine in the recipe.
The candied lemons serve as a fabulous garnish for hot and cold tea, as my photos will testify.
Tea pairing: Carrot and currant cake & Greek mountain tea
Carrot and currant cake is the perfect tea time treat and it has been paired with delicious, high quality, and fine tea blends. The increasing sophistication of tea drinking and tea culture calls for the perfect tea and dessert pairing: Greek mountain tea, also known as sideritis, has a very distinct earthy and sweet flavour and thus it is the perfect pair for this cake, as it enhances and brings out the comforting aromas and warm flavours of the cake without overpowering it.
I serve my cake with homemade Greek mountain iced tea for summer. The tea is garnished with candied lemon slices, as my photos will testify.