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Black currant (aka Cassis) soda, juice, or concentrate.

CloggieGirl Feb 12, 2010 11:14 AM

I grew up with black currant soda called (among other things) Cassis. It also came in a concentrated syrup that you could add to water or seltzer. Recently, I've had a strong craving for it but haven't found any yet. Anyone have any pointers? I'll take any form I can find it in to easy my winter blues.

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    Pookipichu RE: CloggieGirl Feb 12, 2010 11:27 AM

    I see ribena concentrate in Chinese supermarkets (Chinatown and Flushing) all the time. Myers in Greenwich Village has it too.

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      yebo RE: Pookipichu Feb 12, 2010 01:42 PM

      Zabar's has many flavored syrups, including casis - brand: Monin - in the room with the coffee.

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        Pookipichu RE: Pookipichu Feb 12, 2010 03:06 PM

        Incidentally, Clinton Winery in upstate New York makes a lovely dessert wine of black currant. It has a beautiful bouquet and rich berry flavor, natural sweetness (not cloying).

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          Pookipichu RE: Pookipichu Feb 12, 2010 03:07 PM

          Last but not least, Kee's Chocolate makes a wonderful cassis macaroon. You will surely find many ways to satisfy your craving in NY.

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        gutsofsteel RE: CloggieGirl Feb 13, 2010 05:17 AM

        Schaller & Weber on 2nd Ave neare 86th St carries the concentrates, and so does the Hungarian Market on 2nd Ave near 81st.

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          windycity RE: CloggieGirl Feb 13, 2010 06:49 AM

          Ribena concentrate can be found in Manhattan Chinatown supermarkets.

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            chachalicious RE: CloggieGirl Feb 13, 2010 09:01 AM

            Fairway carries several Black Currant drinks- including Ribena. I like "Premium Fresh Black Currant" by Philicon. They have a lot of juice flavors, but this one diluted with seltzer makes a great Cassis soda.

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              BeanoCook RE: CloggieGirl Feb 21, 2011 05:21 PM

              IKEA sells a Black Currant sparkling juice, I think it is Kristian Regale, Swedish or something. It's pretty good.

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                FoodLovesBeer RE: CloggieGirl Feb 25, 2011 06:52 AM

                Sahadi's on Atlantic Avenue (between Court and Clinton St) in Brooklyn has a wide variety of syrups, including black currant. Their prices are great and overall selection of all things delicious is very impressive.

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