|Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)|
|Amount per serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 1g||1%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||1%|
|Total Carbohydrate 41g||15%|
|Dietary Fiber 5g||16%|
|*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.|
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.
Gather the ingredients.
In a collins glass with a few ice cubes, pour the dry vermouth and crème de cassis.
Fill the glass with club soda and stir again.
- 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.
- 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.
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