Thursday, November 24, 2016

Byrrh Cassis

At long last, I have the ingredients for the Byrrh Cassis. It is the only Byrrh cocktail in the entire New York Bartender's Guide, and though Byrrh is pretty versatile, you won't find many recipes that use it. That's because it is a little used gentian infused fortified wine from France. Say what you will, this aperitif lacks the bitter punch of an Italian sweet vermouth or amaro. On the other hand, it has a nice violet and black currant flavor that just matches creme de cassis. So I can see where this drink is going.

I like how this cocktail phases in and out of bitterness and sweetness. It is low in alcohol and good for an afternoon of sipping, but the flavors remain mostly floral and not overly sweet and berry flavored. It is almost a wine spritzer and a good one at that, so grab a wine glass and fill it up with these ingredients when you are in the mood for a soft bubbly berry treat.
  • 2 oz. Byrrh
  • 1 oz. creme de cassis
  • sparkling water
Mix all ingredients in a wine glass and add ice. Stir.

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