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Aug 17, 2010 10:13 AM

where to buy blackcurrant cordial in Montreal area?

Just got back from London and am now hooked on cider&black (apple cider and blackcurrant cordial)... I know where I can find Rose's Lime Cordial, but blackcurrant cordial seems to be harder to locate. Any ideas?

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  1. Bramble House lists it on their website (under Drinks). Probably best to call before making a special trip.

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    1. re: carswell

      Awesome thank you I will give it a shot!

      1. re: dawnMTL

        Unless you're on the West Island or feel like schlepping to Pointe Claire, you might first check more centrally located places like Hogg's Hardware, Les Douceurs du Marché and La Dépense or wait and see if other hounds know where to get it in town.

    2. Blackcurrant cordial is known in French as sirop de cassis or crème de cassis and is readily available. I used to get it at Van Houtte on Laurier, but there is an Ile d'Orléans product that is probably available at JTM.

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      1. re: Bwitch

        Is it really the same? Have read a couple of references that describe it as "similar."

        Also, at least some crème de cassis is alcoholic. The most popular brand at the SAQ clocks in at 23% ABV.

        1. re: carswell

          I checked recipes for sirop de cassis and for blackcurrant cordial and they both involve black currants, sugar and water. The sirop de cassis recipe stops with those ingredients, the blackcurrant cordial recipe includes a stick of cinnamon. You're right about the crème de cassis being alcoholic. It gives a kir an extra kick.

      2. I believe the blackcurrant cassis that's being to referred to is from Cassis Monna & Filles. I bought a bottle at the Warwick Cheese Festival this summer and I have to say, it's perfect. Highly recommended!

        1. Oh, I have some here, am pretty sure I got it at Supermarché Sakaris or maybe Marché Adonis? It is a brand called Paolo. You might also find some Ribena around town,sometimes found in Asian shops or Loblaws, also black currant syrup.

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          1. re: Plateaumaman

            Saw two kinds at Segal's Market on St-Laurent, fyi.

          2. You may find some Syrop de cassis at Akhavan as well.