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Cassis Liquor

(French: Crême de Cassis)



Ingredients for approximately 2 liters (2 quarts):

 

- approx. 2 kg Black Currant berries (Cassis berries if possible)

- approx. 1.5 litre of alcohol  45º (d'eau de vie)

- 1 kg of sugar

- 1 glass jar 4 litre (4 quarts) or two 2-liter jars (2 2-quart jars). Jar should be sterile (clean)


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Preparation Time: 30 + 30 Minutes

Maturing Time: 6 weeks

 

 

 

Recipe:

 

  • Strip berries from stems (do not wash the berries!)

  • Put the berries into the jar

  • Add alcohol until the berries are covered and close jar (the top should be air-tight)

  • Leave the jar in the sun for 6 weeks

  • After this filter the juice through some cotton

  • For approx. 1.4 l of syrup mix 1 kg of sugar into 400 ml of water and bring to a boil

  • Leave it to boil until the syrup water has become completely clear and little bubbles are rising to the top

  • Let the syrup cool down completely

  • Mix the two: 400 ml of syrup to 1 l of cassis juice

  • Fill the Crême de Cassis into small bottles and close with a cork

  • The Crême de Cassis is ready to be mixed with wine or champagne after another 2 months

 

Notes:

 

If you have syrup left over, mix with lemon juice, bring to a boil and bottle. This is a marvellous and refreshing syrup drink for children and adults alike.

 

Crême de Cassis is typically mixed with white wine or champagne to make a delicious aperitif, click on Kir Recipe or Kir Royal Recipe.

 

For tips on making Liquors see How to make Liqueurs, Equipment Required for Liquors, and Liquors: Top Tips.

 

 
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