“Crème de la” Aperitif

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.