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Crème de Cassis Recipe (Black Currant Liqueur)

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Crème de Cassis recipe, a French black currant liqueur, sweet and full of flavor. Perfect for making cocktails.

Homemade Crème de Cassis

An easy crème de cassis recipe that might come in handy if you happen to have a black currant bush in your garden. Or if you happen to know anyone who has one.

Flavorful black currants mixed with sugar and soaked in strong spirit for about two weeks. And the result? An aromatic black currant liqueur, perfect for making cocktails or for enjoying as it is.

Not to mention that you can add some of it to savory sauces, desserts or cakes.

And if you do happen to have black currants in your garden, you could try this black currant jam.

Homemade Crème de Cassis

Ingredients

Black currants:

  • You will need 1 kg/ 2.2 lbs.
  • Unfortunately, unlike red currants, black currants are very difficult to buy at the farmer’s market or in the supermarket.
  • They grow very easily in the garden and a bush can provide you with lots of currants every year.
  • So, if you manage to get your hands on some, try the cassis recipe, I think you would not be sorry.

Spirit:

  • Something strong and rather neutral-tasting like vodka.
  • Vodka is always my first choice, but I’ve also made the liqueur with brandy or with German Korn, which is a clear, very strong spirit made of grains.
  • Not something I would drink as it is, but perfect for making homemade liqueurs of any kind.

Vanilla:

  • A vanilla pod is best.
  • However, if you don’t have it, ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract would be fine.

Sugar:

Homemade Crème de Cassis

How to make black currant liqueur?

  • Wash and thoroughly drain the black currants.
  • Remove the stems and pick them well to remove spoiled berries.
  • Place them in a large jar and add the alcohol, split vanilla pod (or extract), and sugar.
  • Seal the jar and place it in a dark place.
  • Let stand for two weeks.
  • Strain and fill the cassis in clean bottles.
homemade black currant liqueur or cassis preserved in a bottle

How to use cassis?

Cocktails:

  • My favorite mixture is cold white wine with a small shot of crème de cassis.
  • Sparkling wine with a shot of cassis.
  • 1:1 vodka and apple juice + a shot of cassis.
  • 1:1:1 bourbon, cassis, and freshly squeezed lemon juice.

Salad dressings:

  • Try it in this amazing Prawn Salad.
  • Or add just a touch to any other salad dressings.
  • You can make a savory sauce for serving with duck or goose breasts.

Desserts:

More preserved drinks:

Vanilla Honey Liquor

Elderflower Gin

Elderflower Syrup (Homemade Elderflower Cordial)

How to Make Mint Syrup

How to Make a Simple Strawberry Syrup

homemade creme de cassis recipe in two small glasses and in a bottle

Crème de Cassis Recipe (Black Currant Liqueur)

Yield: 1,2 liter/ 1,2 quarts
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Crème de Cassis recipe, a French black currant liqueur, sweet and full of flavor. Perfect for making cocktails.

Ingredients

  • 1 kg/ 2.2 lbs black currants
  • 1 liter/ 4 ¼ cups Vodka (Note)
  • 1 vanilla pod (or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract)
  • 500 g/ 1.1 lbs rock sugar

Instructions

  1. Wash and thoroughly drain the black currants. Remove the stems.
  2. Place them in a large jar and add the alcohol, split vanilla pod (or vanilla extract), and rock sugar. Close the jar tightly and place it in a dark place. Leave it there for two weeks.
  3. Strain and fill it in sterilized bottles.

Notes

Or other spirit like Korn or Brandy.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1 bottle
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 4758Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 35mgCarbohydrates: 654gFiber: 0gSugar: 500gProtein: 14g

Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.

Allie

Tuesday 25th of August 2020

Does it have to be stored in the refrigerator once it’s strained into sterilized bottles or is room temperature ok? Excited to try this out

Adina

Tuesday 25th of August 2020

Hi Allie. I keep it in the cellar or pantry, no refrigerator. You could put it in the fridge once you open a bottle, it is probably not necessary, but just to be on the safe side.

Michael Thomas

Saturday 1st of August 2020

What do you use the strained blackcurrants for?

Adina

Sunday 4th of July 2021

@Henry, Thank you, Henry.

Henry

Saturday 3rd of July 2021

@Michael Thomas, You can freeze some and add them to an apple pie etc. They have lost a lot of their flavour but it still works.

BTW the mix of white wine and Creme de Cassis (about 10%) is called a Kir. We make about 4 litres a year and keep it in the cellar with all the wines and spirit. Picked about 4 kilos yesterday!

Adina

Saturday 1st of August 2020

I discard them.

Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop

Friday 5th of August 2016

Happy Vacation to you! And cheers to you with a glass of this creme de cassis!

Chris Scheuer

Thursday 4th of August 2016

Oo la la! So fancy! And so pretty! Have a wonderful vacation!

Anca

Wednesday 3rd of August 2016

I would like to make cassis at home, but I'm not sure it will turn out good. Happy holiday! xx

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