Vermouth Cassis

Vermouth Cassis

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving
Yield: 1 cocktail
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
190 Calories
0g Fat
18g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 190
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 9mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 82mg 2%
*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, perfect for hot summer days or any time you want a light touch of alcohol, but a whole lot of refreshment. The name says it all, as the recipe is a mix of dry vermouth and crème de cassis. Served over ice and topped with club soda, this beverage is extremely easy to make, and delicious to sip. 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.

Crème de cassis is a sweet black currant liqueur, French in origin. Most often used to sweeten other wines or Champagne—such as in the all-time favorite Kir cocktail—crème de cassis deserves a lot of attention, as it can be a key component in your bar. Sweet, but also tart, this liqueur can be beautifully mixed with white wine, gin, or bourbon, but also drank on its own over ice as a digestif.

On the other hand, vermouth is a fortified wine that can be either sweet (usually produced in Italy) or dry (usually produced in France) and also a beautiful addition to your bar's essentials, as it's as versatile as it is delicious. Vermouth makes wonderful martinis and negronis but it can also be enjoyed as a tasty aperitif, on the rocks, or with a splash of soda water. Unlike distilled spirits, fortified wines have a short shelf life of just a few months—an open bottle will begin to go stale and should be replaced after that period.

"The combination of Vermouth and the black currant liqueur is yet another friendship you can enjoy free of guilt. This low ABV cocktail is exceptionally crushable. I will admit to making two whilst testing this cocktail. This recipe is one that you will want in your pocket for any gathering that involves food and comradery." —Sean Johnson

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Ingredients

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Vermouth Cassis ingredients

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

    ice cubes, dry vermouth and crème de cassis in a glass

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  3. Stir well.

    stir the ingredients in the glass

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  4. 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. Serve and enjoy.

    Vermouth Cassis, stir with club soda

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Créme de Cassis 101


The crème de cassis should not be an afterthought. 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 their liqueur portfolios.

Recipe Variation

  • This drink should be customized to suit your personal taste. Pour as much vermouth as you'd 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.