Kate explains, "At Bug Hill Farm, I grow black currants and create my concoctions from them because I am truly mad about their complex flavor, which is a unique combination of sweet, tart, pungent and savory, layers that unfold slowly rather than all at once."

Black currant's complex flavor has a great affinity with white wine, champagne, vodka, and chocolate, and the health benefits of black currant are a nice plus. So enjoy mixing Black Currant Cordial into your own artisanal cocktails, lemonades, seltzer, or water, or try pouring Black Currant Cordial over ice cream, custards and yogurts!

Black Currantini - Chilled vodka and a splash of Kiss of Cassis™ Black Currant Cordial

Kir Royale -
  • Kiss of Cassis™ Black Currant Cordial (1-2 tablespoons or 15-30 ml)
  • White wine or Champagne (about 6 ounces or 150 ml)
  • Champagne flute or white wine glass

You can either pour the Black Currant Cordial into the wine glass and add the Champagne or wine (this results in an even mixture) OR pour the wine first and then add the Black Currant Cordial, which results in the pretty effect of color separation. Try it both ways!

The ratio of Black Currant Cordial to Champagne or wine depends on personal preference.

The recipe above was adapted from French Property, Services and Information, as is the following history of kir:

Kir is named after Cannon FĂ©lix Kir, priest and hero of the French resistance during World War II, and mayor of Dijon from 1945 to 1968. He was very fond of the local white wine mixed with Creme de Cassis (blackcurrant liquor).
This fondness has been variously attributed to:

  • His desire to promote local products (which he certainly was known for)
  • The fact that local wine was often somewhat acidic, so the sweetness of the liquor would pleasantly offset this
  • Or perhaps just because he liked to drink
Whatever the reason, it became the official aperitif at town hall receptions and gained increasing fame — it became widely know as Kir, the term which is now commonly used in France and world-wide. The drink certainly seemed to agree with Canon Kir, as he was well into his nineties when he died in 1968.

Black Currant Cosmo - Use your favorite Cosmopolitan recipe and replace the pomegranate juice with Kiss of Cassis™ Black Currant Cordial

Currant Vodka Spritzer - 1 shot each vodka & Kiss of Cassis™ Black Currant Cordial mixed in club soda with a squeeze of Meyer lemon

Currant Winter Tonic - Hot water, lemon juice, extra honey and Kiss of Cassis™ Black Currant Cordial. Great for a cold — black currants are high in antioxidants and vitamin C!

Kir Breton - Splash Kiss of Cassis™ into hard cider (or just fresh apple cider) to taste — a traditional use in Brittany and Normandy.

Elmer's Currant Emergency -
  • 1 oz. Kiss of Cassis™ Black Currant Cordial
  • 6 oz. Club Soda
  • 1/2 package of Emergen-C (lemon-lime flavor seems best)
Kids love this as it acts somewhat like a purple volcano! (Best to put a plate or bowl under the glass while mixing.) Make at home or enjoy the original at Elmer's Store!

Bug Hill Sour -
  • 1/2 oz Kiss of Cassis™ Black Currant Cordial
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 3 oz Tanquary Gin
Mix in a cocktail shaker over ice; shake 5 times and strain into chilled cocktail glasses.

Andee's Currant Winter Tonic 2.0 - In a 1/2 gallon or 2L thermos mix:
  • 1/3 cup (75ml) Kiss of Cassis™ Black Currant Cordial
  • 1/3 cup (75ml) lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup (75ml) McGillicuddy's lemon schnapps
  • 1/4 cup (50ml) honey
  • +/- 1/4 cup (50ml) spiced rum, to taste
Slowly fill thermos with boiling water and stir. Serve while still hot.

Black Currant Icing - Makes enough to generously frost a 9-inch round layer cake or two dozen cupcakes.
  • 4 sticks Unsalted Butter, room temperature
  • 6 cups sifted Confectioners' Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 cup Kiss of Cassis™, add up to 4 more teaspoons of Black Currant Cordial for stronger black currant flavor

Blend butter in a mixer on medium-high until pale and fluffy. Add vanilla and Kiss of Cassis™ and blend until well-incorporated. Reduce speed to low. Add sugar, 1 cup at a time, beating well after each addition. Raise speed to high and beat until well-combined, 10 to 20 seconds more. Transfer to a bowl, and cover with plastic wrap until ready to use. After icing your cake, refrigerate until the frosting is set, a couple of hours or overnight.

Check out our Facebook page for pictures of this recipe in development!

The Rudder's "Clean" Margarita - No sours mix here! Silver tequila, agave nectar and lots of fresh lime, finished with a touch of Kiss of Cassis™. Salt or not, up or on the rocks.

Served exclusively at The Rudder in Gloucester, MA.

Black Currant Martini - 3 Parts Vodka
1 Part Bug Hill Farm Black Currant Cordial
1.5 Parts Pineapple Juice

Makes two stiff drinks!

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Featured Recipe

Elderflower Cucumber Muddle

Makes 1 Drink

  • 1 ounce Bug Hill Farm's Elderflower Power"
  • 1 ounce white or silver Tequila
  • 4 Cucumber slices
  • 1/2 ounce Agave Syrup
  • 1/4 ounce Lime Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Orange Bitters
In a Boston shaker cocktail glass, muddle four cucumber slices. Add Elderflower Power", tequila, agave syrup, lime juice, and orange bitters to cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a highball glass over ice. Enjoy!