Pairing tart, sweet crème de cassis (blackcurrant liquor) and bitter, herbal Suze shouldn’t work, but when you pour bubbles on top of it, it does—for the length of a drink, at least.

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“Créme de la” Aperitif “Crème de la” Aperitif
A terrific starter for learning the art of the French aperitif, this easy, elegant cocktail has dramatic color and a hint of bubbly.
Yield: makes 1


  • 34 oz. Suze
  • 12 oz. crème de cassis
  • Sparkling wine
  • Lemon twist


  1. In a mixing glass filled with ice, combine the Suze and crème de cassis. Stir until well-chilled then strain into a coupe glass. Top with sparkling wine and a lemon twist.