A classic summertime cocktail
Ah, In summertime when it’s hot out, I like to enjoy a refreshing, light cocktail like this one: a classic French drink called the Vermouth Cassis, which pretty well describes what’s in it: vermouth and creme de cassis.
For this straightforward cocktail, it’s worth it to splurge on the best dry vermouth you can find. I’m especially fond of Ransom Dry Vermouth ($14.99). Likewise, get your hands on the finest Creme de Cassis you can. Creme de Cassis is a blackcurrant flavored liqueur and a good brand available here is Cartron ($29.99).
Here is a simple recipe for a single cocktail. Just double up on the amounts to make two.
Ingredients for a Classic Vermouth Cassis Cocktail
2-3 ounces Dry Vermouth (such as Ransom)
¾ ounce Creme de Cassis (such as Cartron)
3 ounces of club soda (or enough to fill the glass)
Mint or basil leaves for garnish (optional)
The Cassis Cocktail Method
In a collins glass with a few ice cubes, pour the dry vermouth and the creme de cassis. Stir well.
Top the glass off with club soda.
Garnish with basil or mint leaves (optional) and enjoy!
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.
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