Homemade Creme de Cassis

This Homemade Creme de Cassis recipe will make a homemade liquor that you can use in cocktails, add to wine or champagne or just drink on its own. All you need is black currants, vodka and sugar. It’s sweet, dark, delicious and easy to make!

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Most of you know I love to grow as many things as I can every year. When we moved into our house a few years ago I planted a black currant and white currant bush. It took a few years to get a decent crop other than the occasional handful, but this year it happened! I was so excited of course I posted a photo of my beautiful black currants. One of my good friends saw the photo and immediately said: “you should make homemade creme de cassis”. After a quick head smack 🤦🏼‍♀️(also one of my favorite emojis), I thought to myself: “Of course I should!!”

First, what is Creme de Cassis? Well, cassis is the French name for blackcurrants and creme de cassis is a liqueur made from blackcurrants steeped in neutral spirits, with lots of sugar added. I’ve actually always loved creme de cassis and it’s pretty easy to find at your liquor store. Now I can make my own!

homemade creme de cassis

Homemade Creme de Cassis

Make your own black currant liquor from scratch to add to cocktails, champagne and more!
Course Drinks


  • 2 cups black currants, rinsed
  • 3 cups vodka
  • 1 cup sugar ( I used demerara )
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • Place the black currants, vodka, sugar and cinnamon stick into a large jar that seals (like a mason jar).
  • Place the lid on the jar and shake all of the ingredients together very well. Store in a cool dark place.
  • For 2-3 months, shake the jar every 2-3 days (or as you remember).
    jar of homemade creme de cassis after 3 months
  • Strain mixture and place in your favorite sealable bottle. 2-3 more moths of maturing and you will have some amazing Creme de Cassis to enjoy.

What to use Creme de Cassis for:

  1. Cocktails! (see one of my recipes below or HERE)
  2. Add to champagne
  3. Add to white wine
  4. Digestif or aperitif

Creme de Cassis Cocktail


1½ oz. Gin

½ oz. Creme de Casis

½ oz. fresh lemon juice

½ oz. fresh grapefruit juice

1 egg white

  1. Add the egg white to an empty shaker and shake for 20-30 seconds.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients along with ice and shake again for another 20 to 30 seconds.
  3. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with lemon or grapefruit peel and enjoy!

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