‘Tis the season for holiday entertaining and all the festive cocktails! As a hostess at heart I love having a signature beverage planned out for seasonal gatherings, especially when they only require a few easy ingredients, like today’s drink, which is inspired by our recent travels to France.
Cranberry Kir Royale
The Kir Royale is a classic French aperitif, made with just two ingredients. The light and fruity champagne cocktail is generally enjoyed in the afternoon hours, prior to dinner, but any hour or occasion will do. The secret ingredient in this sought after cocktail is creme de cassis.
Creme de cassis is a sweet, dark liqueur, that’s made from blackcurrants and has a rich and fruity flavor. It pairs perfectly with dry champagne and is essentially the only other ingredient necessary to make this cocktail.
I was first introduced to the Kir Royale while eating lunch at a café in Paris. I loved the drink so much that I bought a bottle of the creme de cassis from a farmer’s market in France and brought it back home with me!
Although the Kir Royale is delicious with its traditional ingredients, adding 1 part cranberry juice to the champagne cocktail will give it a festive and colorful twist that you and your guests are sure to enjoy this holiday season!
It’s what I like to call an instant crowd pleaser! Light, effervescent, and definitely worth adding to your party menus this Winter!
Garnish the cocktail with fresh cranberries to add some extra cheer!
A twist on the traditional Kir Royal, mixed with tart cranberry juice.
- 2 parts Creme de Cassis
- 2 parts Cranberry Juice
- Dry Sparkling wine or Champagne
- Fresh cranberries for garnish
- Pour 1 part creme de cassis and 1 part cranberry juice into each of the two champagne flutes.
- Fill the flutes with dry sparkling wine or champagne.
- Garnish with fresh cranberries.
- Serve immediately!
The Cranberry Kir Royale just so happened to be our signature Thanksgiving bevy and will be back in rotation all December long!
You definitely don’t need a fully stocked bar to make this simple Kir Royale at home. Pick up dry champagne, and creme de cassis, then serve in flute glasses and toast to the most wonderful season of all!
Happy hour starts now!
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