cas·​sis | \ kə-ˈsēs How to pronounce cassis (audio) \

Definition of cassis

: a syrupy liquor of low alcoholic strength made from black currants and used chiefly as a flavoring and sweetening agent

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Lush, fruit flavors of cherry and cassis are complemented by earthy flavors of mushroom and forest floor. Breanne L. Heldman,, "The Handmaid's Tale Wines Cancelled," 10 July 2018 Kir drank his Aligoté with a floater of the local blackcurrant liqueur called crème de cassis, resulting in the classic French aperitif that now bears his name. Patrick Comiskey,, "Alternatives to Burgundy, from Burgundy," 29 June 2018 Minor, inconsequential, wan, harshly acidic are among the ways it is usually described — fit only as the base wine for a kir, an aperitif made by blending it with crème de cassis. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "The Aligoté Defense Rests," 28 June 2018 Every bartender is now a mixologist, serving artisanal cocktails (heavy on cassis) to anyone thirsting for a Runny-Nosed Has-Been. Steve Rushin,, "How the World Has Changed in the 25 Years Since the Final Cheers Episode," 22 May 2018 Expect a fragrance of grapefruit, juniper, and cassis. Sunset, "10 Essentials for Sun & Insect Protection in Your Yard," 22 Jan. 2018 To round out some of the sweetness from the scent of fresh oranges, Belletrud added a bit of cassis (or black currant), which gives it a bit of earthiness. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "This Beautiful French Perfume Smells Like Fresh Oranges and Life," 26 Mar. 2018 The wine explores a more hedonistic expression of Merlot — inky and broad, with flavors of black plum and cassis, with a subtle, distinctive mintiness. Bryce Wiatrak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tasting Notes: The wines of Montebello Road," 28 Feb. 2018 Picchetti Leslie’s Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 ($89.95): Verdant and savory, the Leslie’s Estate Cabernet is redolent of fir needles, pine sap, fresh mint, cassis and salt and pepper. Bryce Wiatrak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tasting Notes: The wines of Montebello Road," 28 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of cassis

1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cassis

French, literally, black currants, perhaps from Latin cassia

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The first known use of cassis was in 1899

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