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Creme De Cassis
Member Name: CarolineMB
Creme De Cassis
Advantages: Lovely colour and taste
Disadvantages: You might drink too much without realising the strength of it!
One of my favourite drinks/treats is champagne..........or cava or prosecco etc etc. Basically you could say I'm a fan of sparkling white wine drinks and I'm not fussy about the origin or brand! But what really turns my favourite drink into something even more special is a splash of crème de cassis. For those of you who aren't familiar with it, to describe it in a nutshell would be to say that it is alcoholic blackcurrant cordial.
Cassis is a blackcurrant flavoured liqueur which can either be drunk on its own with ice and sipped slowly or more often than not is drunk with champagne or white wine. What I do is pour a small amount of cassis into the bottom of either a champagne flute (if I'm having champagne) or a wine glass (yep, if I'm having wine!) just the same as you would with a cordial being topped up with water. The champagne or wine is then poured on top of the cassis to make a lovely drink.
The cassis is a really rich vibrant purple colour and looks extremely vivid on its own in a glass, but when you add a clear drink to it, it makes a more subtle pale purple drink instead. It smells very strongly of blackcurrants and tastes lovely when mixed with another drink such as champagne or wine. The cocktail Kir Royale is basically a mix of crème de cassis and champagne and will feature on most cocktail lists in a bar.
It makes your drink a lot sweeter due to the addition of the fruity liqueur and really enhances the flavour of it. It can also be added to other cocktails as well if you want either a dark purple colour for the drink or you want the blackcurrant taste in your drink. It's quite versatile and will suit different occasions.
You can buy a 500ml bottle for £8 in Tescos which is a really good price, and they are similar prices in other liquor serving establishments.
Summary: Lovely blackcurrant liqueur, perfect for adding to champagne or white wine.
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