Summer Cocktail Feature: Kir Royale

*By: Linz Bordner*

Photo: Linz Bordner

One of my favorite cocktails of all-time is a Kir Royale. It’s not only a great drink for the summer, but anytime of the year. Even better, it requires only two ingredients and can be made in seconds.

There are different variations of the recipe, but I like to use Chambord which is a French liqueur made with raspberries, blackberries and blackcurrants. I’ve seen some recipes that use Crème de Cassis or Crème de Framboise.

Make sure to use a dry (Brut) sparkling wine or champagne as the drink should not be very sweet. The tartness from the Chambord mixed with the dry champagne creates just the perfect balance of sweetness.

Garnish with raspberries or a sprig of thyme or rosemary for an added touch of bubbly loveliness.

Kir Royale Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Chambord
  • 1 bottle dry sparkling wine or Champagne (such as Moet), chilled
  • Fresh raspberries for garnish, optional

Directions:

1. Add 2-3 teaspoons of Chambord to chilled flute glasses

2. Drop in 3-4 raspberries

3. Fill each flute with Champagne or sparkling wine

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