Vermouth Cassis Cocktail Drink

Vermouth Cassis

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Written by Gavin Wrigley

Want a tasty cocktail? Look no further than this Vermouth Cassis recipe! It’s packed with flavor, and the ingredients are a cinch to gather so you can whip it up quickly.

Vermouth Cassis Recipe

Indulge in this simple Vermouth Cassis recipe! Crafted with vermouth, crème de cassis, soda water and a twist of lemon, this refreshing cocktail is an absolute delight for spring.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

131 kl

Ingredients

  • 2 oz Dry Vermouth
  • ½ oz Crème de Cassis
  • 5 oz Soda water, to top up, adjusting to taste
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon zest twist, for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Vermouth: Pour 2 oz Dry Vermouth over the ice.
  • Add Crème de Cassis: Measure and pour ½ oz Crème de Cassis into the glass. Stir to combine.
  • Top Up with Soda: Fill the rest of the glass with approx. 5 oz Soda water, but adjust to taste and to the size of the glass.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Place a lemon twist into the glass for garnish (express the lemon zest on top of the glass and place it on the rim of the glass or drop it into the drink).

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Dry Vermouth: Extra dry vermouth will work as well for this recipe. You can also use white vermouth (“blanc”/”bianco”), but keep in mind that this will make a sweeter drink; you may have to adjust the quantities. Last but not least, you can also use Lillet Blanc for an interesting twist on this drink.
  • Crème de Cassis: If you can't find crème de cassis, blackcurrant syrup or blackcurrant liqueur can be used as a substitute. If using syrup, start with a smaller quantity (⅓ oz) and adjust to taste.

Making a Pitcher of Vermouth Cassis:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of dry vermouth and 4 oz of crème de cassis.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the dry vermouth and crème de cassis. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses (approx. ⅓ of the glass), top up with soda water, garnish with a lemon twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Dry Vermouth Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic vermouth (Martini Floreale for instance). These are usually widely available in liquor stores. Non-alcoholic dry white wine or unsweetened white grape juice can also be used as substitutes.
  • Crème de Cassis Substitute: Opt for a blackcurrant syrup instead of crème de Cassis.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version. You may have to adjust the quantities depending on the substitutes you choose; start with a small quantity for each ingredient, give it a taste and go from there!

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Ingredients: Most versions of this cocktail are already vegan. However, some brands of crème de Cassis may use animal products in their production process. Check the label or contact the manufacturer to ensure your crème de cassis is vegan-friendly.
  • Proceed As Usual: Once you've confirmed your vegan ingredients, follow the original steps to make your vegan Vermouth Cassis.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
131
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
35
mg
2
%
Carbohydrates
 
13
g
4
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Potassium
 
57
mg
2
%
Protein
 
0.2
g
0
%
Calcium
 
12
mg
1
%
Iron
 
0.2
mg
1
%

 

Vermouth Cassis Cocktail Drink

Vermouth Cassis Recipe

Gavin Wrigley Written by Gavin Wrigley
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Indulge in this simple Vermouth Cassis recipe! Crafted with vermouth, crème de cassis, soda water and a twist of lemon, this refreshing cocktail is an absolute delight for spring.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 131

Ingredients
 

  • 2 oz Dry Vermouth
  • ½ oz Crème de Cassis
  • 5 oz Soda water - to top up, adjusting to taste
  • Ice cubes
  • Lemon zest twist - for garnish, optional

Equipment

  • Highball Glass
  • Measuring Jigger
  • Stirrer or Bar Spoon

Instructions

  • Prep Glass: Fill your highball glass with ice cubes.
  • Add Vermouth: Pour 2 oz Dry Vermouth over the ice.
  • Add Crème de Cassis: Measure and pour ½ oz Crème de Cassis into the glass. Stir to combine.
  • Top Up with Soda: Fill the rest of the glass with approx. 5 oz Soda water, but adjust to taste and to the size of the glass.
  • Stir Gently: Use a bar spoon to stir the ingredients gently.
  • Garnish: Place a lemon twist into the glass for garnish (express the lemon zest on top of the glass and place it on the rim of the glass or drop it into the drink).

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Dry Vermouth: Extra dry vermouth will work as well for this recipe. You can also use white vermouth (“blanc”/”bianco”), but keep in mind that this will make a sweeter drink; you may have to adjust the quantities. Last but not least, you can also use Lillet Blanc for an interesting twist on this drink.
  • Crème de Cassis: If you can't find crème de cassis, blackcurrant syrup or blackcurrant liqueur can be used as a substitute. If using syrup, start with a smaller quantity (⅓ oz) and adjust to taste.

Making a Pitcher of Vermouth Cassis:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, multiply all the ingredients by 8. That would be 16 oz of dry vermouth and 4 oz of crème de cassis.
  • Mix: In a large pitcher, combine the dry vermouth and crème de cassis. Stir well.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into ice-filled highball glasses (approx. ⅓ of the glass), top up with soda water, garnish with a lemon twist, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Dry Vermouth Substitute: Opt for a non-alcoholic vermouth (Martini Floreale for instance). These are usually widely available in liquor stores. Non-alcoholic dry white wine or unsweetened white grape juice can also be used as substitutes.
  • Crème de Cassis Substitute: Opt for a blackcurrant syrup instead of crème de Cassis.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes instead of the regular ingredients, follow the original steps, and enjoy a non-alcoholic version. You may have to adjust the quantities depending on the substitutes you choose; start with a small quantity for each ingredient, give it a taste and go from there!

Making it Vegan:

  • Check Your Ingredients: Most versions of this cocktail are already vegan. However, some brands of crème de Cassis may use animal products in their production process. Check the label or contact the manufacturer to ensure your crème de cassis is vegan-friendly.
  • Proceed As Usual: Once you've confirmed your vegan ingredients, follow the original steps to make your vegan Vermouth Cassis.

What is a Vermouth Cassis?

A Vermouth Cassis is a fortified wine-based cocktail made of dry vermouth, creme de cassis, and soda water. This drink is relatively easy to make, requiring only three ingredients and simple mixing techniques. The exciting aspect of the Vermouth Cassis lies in its balance between the sweetness from the creme de cassis and slight bitterness from the dry vermouth, which creates an intriguing taste experience that appeals to those who appreciate complex flavor profiles in their cocktails.

A side shot of a Vermouth Cassis cocktail in a highball glass on a light green tray surrounded by a white cloth, a bar spoon, and a jigger, in front of a blue background

What is a Vermouth Cassis made of – The ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need on hand to make your own Vermouth Cassis:

  • Dry Vermouth: This is the cocktail’s base, providing a complex, herbaceous flavor that balances the sweetness of the other ingredients.
  • Crème de Cassis: A sweet, dark red liqueur made from blackcurrants. It adds a fruity depth and rich color to the drink.
  • Soda Water: Added last, soda water gives the cocktail a refreshing fizziness and dilutes the intense flavors just enough to make it a light, enjoyable drink.
  • Lemon Twist: Used as garnish. It makes the drink visually appealing and adds a subtle citrus aroma that complements the other ingredients.

Dry Vermouth, Creme de Cassis and soda water laid out on a white bar table

How do you make a Vermouth Cassis?

Follow along with our step-by-step instructions to make a delicious Vermouth Cassis:

1
<p>Start by filling a highball glass with ice cubes. The ice will chill the glass and ensure your Vermouth Cassis is served at the perfect temperature.</p>

Start by filling a highball glass with ice cubes. The ice will chill the glass and ensure your Vermouth Cassis is served at the perfect temperature.

2
<p>Add 2 ounces of Dry Vermouth to the highball glass. The dry vermouth is the base of your cocktail and will provide a crisp, aromatic flavor.</p>

Add 2 ounces of Dry Vermouth to the highball glass. The dry vermouth is the base of your cocktail and will provide a crisp, aromatic flavor.

3
<p>Pour ½ ounce of Crème de Cassis into the highball glass.This sweet, dark liqueur made from blackcurrants will give your Vermouth Cassis its distinctive fruity flavor and deep red color.</p>

Pour ½ ounce of Crème de Cassis into the highball glass.This sweet, dark liqueur made from blackcurrants will give your Vermouth Cassis its distinctive fruity flavor and deep red color.

4
<p>Top up with soda water.</p>

Top up with soda water.

5
<p>Stir gently to blend all the flavors together.</p>

Stir gently to blend all the flavors together.

6
<p>Garnish the cocktail with a lemon twist by squeezing it over the drink. </p>

Garnish the cocktail with a lemon twist by squeezing it over the drink.

7
<p>Then, placed into the drink. This will add a touch of citrus flavor and a pop of color, making your Vermouth Cassis as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.</p>

Then, placed into the drink. This will add a touch of citrus flavor and a pop of color, making your Vermouth Cassis as pleasing to the eye as it is to the palate.

Variations

Interested in other top recommendations? We’ve gathered a few favorites just for you:

  • Kir Royale: This option involves adding crème de cassis and champagne, creating a sophisticated and bubbly drink. The crème de cassis contributes a sweet and rich blackcurrant flavor, perfectly complemented by the effervescent champagne. I love the elegance and festivity this drink brings to any celebration.
  • Bramble: This choice blends gin with fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and blackberry liqueur, resulting in a refreshing and fruity option. The tangy lemon juice pairs beautifully with the sweet, dark notes of blackberry. I enjoy how the gin’s botanicals play off the fruitiness, creating a well-balanced and invigorating experience.
  • El Diablo: This selection combines tequila with crème de cassis, lime juice, and ginger beer, offering a spicy and fruity flavor profile. The ginger beer provides a zesty kick that enhances the rich berry taste from the crème de cassis, while the lime juice adds a refreshing tartness.
  • Campfire Stout: This variety mixes stout beer with a hint of marshmallow, chocolate, and graham cracker, creating a dessert-like beverage. The stout’s deep, roasted flavors blend seamlessly with the sweet, nostalgic notes of s’mores. I particularly enjoy the warm, comforting flavors reminiscent of a cozy campfire evening.
  • Kir Impérial: This type uses raspberry liqueur and champagne, resulting in a fruity and fizzy choice. The raspberry liqueur adds a vibrant, sweet-tart berry flavor, which is wonderfully balanced by the crispness of the champagne. This version feels both refreshing and indulgent.
  • Kir Breton: This style incorporates cider instead of champagne with crème de cassis, producing a unique and slightly rustic flavor. The cider’s apple notes blend harmoniously with the blackcurrant, creating a refreshing and slightly tart option.

History and Origin of the Vermouth Cassis

The Vermouth Cassis cocktail emerged during the 1920s and 1930s, a period often referred to as the “Golden Age of Cocktails.” This era saw an explosion of creativity among bartenders who began experimenting with different combinations of spirits and mixers. The Vermouth Cassis was one such creation that stood out due to its simplicity and refreshing taste.

Although it’s hard to pinpoint an exact place of origin for this cocktail, this cocktail originally came from France, home of several famous dry vermouth brands (such as Noilly Prat ot Dolin)  and of the “Crème de Cassis de Dijon”, a blackcurrant liqueur specifically made in the region of Burgundy and internationally recognized for its quality and unique taste.

A Vermouth Cassis cocktail, shot from above, in a highball glass on a beige surface surrounded by Dry Vermouth, Creme de Cassis and soda water

 

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FAQ

How many calories does a Vermouth Cassis contain?
A standard serving of Vermouth Cassis contains approximately 150 calories. However, this can vary slightly depending on the specific brands of vermouth and Cassis used.
What is the alcohol content of a Vermouth Cassis?
The alcohol content of a Vermouth Cassis cocktail is typically around 5% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), which translates to 10 proof. This makes it a relatively light cocktail.
What type of alcohol is used in a Vermouth Cassis?
Vermouth Cassis uses two types of alcohol: dry vermouth and crème de cassis. Dry vermouth is a fortified wine, while crème de cassis is a sweet, dark red liqueur made from blackcurrants.
In what kind of glass should a Vermouth Cassis be served?
Traditionally, a Vermouth Cassis is served in a chilled highball glass. This helps maintain the temperature and enhances the overall drinking experience.
What does a Vermouth Cassis taste like?
A Vermouth Cassis offers a delightful balance between sweet and dry flavors. The dry vermouth provides an aromatic, herbal and slightly bitter base, while the crème de cassis adds a rich sweetness with notes of blackcurrant.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Vermouth Cassis?
The typical ratio for a Vermouth Cassis is 4:1, meaning four parts dry vermouth to one part crème de Cassis. This ratio ensures that neither ingredient overpowers the other, creating a harmonious blend of flavors.
How is a Vermouth Cassis served with ice?
A Vermouth Cassis is usually served “on the rocks”, meaning it is directly poured in the glass over ice cubes.
Is Vermouth Cassis a good cocktail for beginners?
Yes, Vermouth Cassis is an excellent choice for cocktail beginners. Its mild alcohol content and balanced flavors make it an accessible introduction to cocktails.
Is it challenging to make a Vermouth Cassis cocktail at home?
Not at all! Making a Vermouth Cassis Cocktail at home requires just a few ingredients - Dry Vermouth, crème de cassis, club soda and ice cubes. With these on hand, you can easily prepare this drink simply by pouring the ingredients and mixing them directly into the glass. It doesn’t get any easier than this!
What food pairs well with a Vermouth Cassis?
Vermouth Cassis pairs well with various foods due to its balanced flavor profile. It goes particularly well with appetizers like cheese platters or light seafood dishes.

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