Crème de Cassis recipe, a French black currant liqueur, sweet and full of flavor. Perfect for making cocktails.
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.
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- 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 will not be sorry.
- 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.
- A vanilla pod is best.
- However, if you don't have it, ½ teaspoon of pure vanilla extract would be fine.
- White rock sugar. (Amazon affiliate link)
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 the infusion steep for two weeks.
- Strain and fill the cassis in clean bottles.
How to use cassis?
- 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.
- 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.
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Crème de Cassis Recipe (Black Currant Liqueur)
- 1 kg black currants 2.2 lbs
- 1 liter Vodka 4 ¼ cups, Note
- 1 vanilla pod or ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 500 g rock sugar 1.1 lb
- Wash and thoroughly drain the black currants. Remove the stems.
- Steep: 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.
- Strain and fill it in sterilized bottles.