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Creme de Cassis

While originally produced in Burgundy Creme de Cassis is now produced in many parts of the world.

The modern version of Creme de Cassis which appeared around 1841 is a sweet dark red liqueur made from blackcurrents.

I found a bottle recently in my local supermarket and on impulse bought it. It has been some years since I saw it and the urge simply overcame me.

The drink is a liqueur, and can be drunk as such.

But it is also an ingredient in many cocktails; most notably Kir which is a shot of Creme de Cassis topped with white wine, normally a Chardonnay or Chablis. In a  Kir Royale the wine is substituted with champagne.

Tequila Sunrise

The most famous ‘next in line to the throne’ would have to be a Tequila Sunrise. While original recipes for this cocktail call for Grenadine, both Campari and Creme de Cassis are acceptable substitutes.

Vermouth and Cassis Cocktail

  • 1 Shot Vermouth.
  • 1 Shot Crème de Cassis.

Use medium size glass and fill with soda water. Garnish with long lemon peel.

Often referred to as “a poor man’s Kir Royale!”

One of the more unusual cocktails is  Diesel:

  • ½ glass of cider
  • ½ glass of Ale or Lager
  • 1 shot of Creme de Cassis
  • Served in a 12oz glass.

In the words of one blog: “it doesn’t hurt that it’s inexpensive and easy to make. And, you know, it won’t kill marine life and cripple the fishing industry if you spill it.”

My own tipple – BlackBerry Cow

Simply Creme de Cassis and milk over ice.


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