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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Recent Examples on the Web Like many Lake Cabs, the aroma profile is led by leather and cedar, but deep fruit notes of blackberry and cassis follow. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, "Tasting notes: Lake County Cabernet Sauvignon," 1 June 2018 The shop specialty is macaron cookies that come in a variety of unusual flavors, including rose, violet, cassis, matcha and Earl Grey tea. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "5 to try: New North County restaurants for Mexican, Mediterranean and more," 22 Aug. 2019 The vibrant red drink is made with Bulleit Bourbon, crème de cassis, muddled blackberry, honey and lemon juice. San Diego Union-Tribune, "The Dish: 34 places you can eat, drink and hang out this Independence Day," 27 June 2019 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

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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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“Cassis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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