Have you ever had a Kir or Kir Royale? You loved it, didn’t you. A Kir is a drink made with creme de cassis and white wine, a Kir Royale is creme de cassis with champagne. You probably knew that.
Creme de cassis, a liqueur made from black currants, is heavenly.
Since this is not the season for fresh black currents, I happened to find some dried black currents at the market recently, and decided to try infusing them in brandy. As this was made with dried currants, I hesitate to call it a cassis liqueur. It was however, a tasty substitute and extremely easy to make.
Dried Currant Brandy
5.5 oz dried black currants
2 1/2 c. brandy
Combine dried currants and brandy in a jar and infuse for approximately 3 weeks or until it reaches your desired taste. Strain, filter, and enjoy.
I really enjoy this version of the cassis liqueur. It is a little potent, but very flavorful. We have not yet tried it in champagne.
I do, however, have a favorite cassis liqueur that I need to mention. It is made by Clear Creek distillery. If you are reading this post and live in the Northwest, I hope that you have been to this distillery. If you are planning any trips to Portland, please add this to your list of places to visit. It is truly exceptional.
Clear Creek stands out among the growing number of craft distilleries in Portland. Whether you are looking for Eau de Vie, Grappa, Pear Brandy or fruit liqueur, you will not be disappointed.