Vermouth Cassis

Vermouth cassis cocktail
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  • Total: 3 mins
  • Prep: 3 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
216 Calories
1g Fat
41g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1 cocktail (1 serving)
Amount per serving
Calories 216
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 5g 16%
Protein 6g
Calcium 15mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

The vermouth cassis is a very simple and light drink. It's ideal for those times when you want something with just a touch of alcohol, but a whole lot of refreshment. The name says it all; it is a mix of dry vermouth and crème de cassis. The cocktail is served over ice and topped with soda, so it's extremely easy.

Crème de cassis is a black currant liqueur that is very sweet. It's most often used to sweeten wines (or in this case, fortified wine), such as in the Kir cocktail. In fact, this recipe is a wonderful alternative to the Kir Royale, which combines the liqueur with Champagne.

This classic cocktail is a wonderful alternative to stronger drinks like the whiskey sour and is just as refreshing as a gin and tonic. It's also an excellent dinner drink that can take you from aperitif through the entire meal, offering a slightly sweetened, sparkling beverage to enjoy.

Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a collins glass with a few ice cubes, pour the dry vermouth and crème de cassis.

  3. Stir well.

  4. Fill the glass with club soda and stir again.

  5. Serve and enjoy!

Tips

  • Often, people prefer to leave the vermouth cassis unstirred. It produces a layered cocktail similar to the tequila sunrise—which originally used crème de cassis—that the drinker can stir with a straw if they like.
  • With this much dry vermouth, it is vital that it's fresh. Unlike distilled spirits, fortified wines have a short shelf life of just a few months. An open bottle will begin to go stale after that period and should be replaced.
  • The crème de cassis should not be an afterthought, either. Look for top-shelf options like those from Giffard, Gabriel Boudier, and Lejay, all of which produce authentic French cassis. It's also a flavor that some small distilleries, including Clear Creek Distillery and Tuthilltown Spirits, have in the liqueur portfolios.

Recipe Variation

  • This drink should be customized to suit your personal taste. Pour as much vermouth as you like—some recipes use up to 4 ounces—and sweeten it with crème de cassis as you see fit.
  • Seltzer is a common substitute for club soda. If you want to give the drink a drier profile, pour tonic water.

How Strong Is a Vermouth Cassis?

Crème de cassis is typically bottled at about the same strength as vermouth, around 15 percent ABV, so this is a nice low-proof cocktail. When made with the full 3 ounces of vermouth, its alcohol content will be just 8 percent ABV (16 proof). That means it falls right in between beer and wine.

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