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Like drinking neat Ribena - a nice mixer though!
Creme De Cassis
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Creme De Cassis
On my most recent trip down to my boyfriends house in Eastbourne, we were having dinner when his parents, who also own a home in France, uttered those magical words 'We need some drink with this!'. Luckily, having just returned from France, they has come back with several bottles of excellent sparkling wine, and we had a few glasses of this . Then, my boyfriends mum began rummaging in her booze cupboard for something to go with it, and produced an old, rather sticky, bottle of Crème de Cassis .
Now, I'd never seen this before - but accepted a little in my glass, topped up with the fizzy wine .To my delight, I now had fizzy Ribena, with my wine turning a rich purple in colour, and taking on a deep blackcurrant flavour . It also took on a bit more potency, what with the Crème de Cassis being 20% on it's own, in addition to the strength of the wine .
I decided to try a little on it's own, and I have to say, I found it a little overpowering . Rich and syrupy in texture, and a deep rich purple in colour, I found the blackcurrant flavour a little too strong when undiluted, and also very sweet . Very much like drinking neat blackcurrant squash, but with an alcoholic kick.
A 50cl bottle of this costs a little under £8 in my local supermarket, which I think is very reasonable, as not only can you dilute this with sparkling wine, but with pretty much any white wine, and even cider or lemonade for a refreshing blackcurrant flavour drink. I would recommend this, however I would recommend perhaps trying some in a pub before buying a whole bottle, as some may find the sweet blackcurrant flavour a little too sickly for their tastes .
An interesting addition to a glass of fizzy white though, making it into something altogether more interesting, and for that, four stars!
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