A Word From The Cook

“The first Kir Royale I ever tasted was in a lovely French Bistro in Paris. I don’t really like sweet drinks, so I was hesitant at first. I was delighted to discover that the perfect Kir is a crisp, refreshing, aperitif. Creme de Cassis gives it a light blackcurrant sweetness. For those who prefer more sweetness, a sugar cube can be added.”

Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Kir:
  • Chilled dry white wine
  • Crème de cassis
  • Kir Royale:
  • Champagne or Prosecco
  • (to stay with the French theme, stick with Champagne, but Prosecco tastes lovely too)
  • Crème de cassis
  • Champagne Cocktail (a.k.a Modified Kir Royale)
  • Sugar cubes
  • Bitters
  • Garnish with lemon twist
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  1. Step 1 – Make a Kir with Dry White Wine in a Wine Glass
    1. Pour the crème de cassis into a wine glass.
    2. Fill the glass with wine (use a ratio of about 1:5 one part cassis to 5 parts wine). You can vary the ratio, but avoid making a drink that’s too syrupy. Dry wine should be used to balance out the sweetness of the cassis.
    3. For an even lighter aperitif, you can substitute some chilled club soda, for a portion of the wine.
  2. Step 2 – Make a Classic French Kir Royale with Champagne in a Champagne Flute
    1. Pour the crème de cassis into a champagne flute.
    2. Fill the glass with champagne (use a ratio of about 1:5 one part cassis to 5 parts wine). You can vary the ratio, but avoid making a drink that’s too syrupy.
    3. For a sweeter drink, place a sugar cube at the bottom of the flute before adding the cassis.
  3. Step 3 – Make a Champagne Cocktail in a Champagne Flute
    1. Place a sugar cube in the bottom of a Champagne flute.
    2. Add a dash or two of bitters and the crème de cassis.
    3. Pour the Champagne.
    4. Garnish with a lemon twist.
    5. Enjoy this classic French cocktail and its variations.