Let’s Get Blitzen: Cocktail Advent Calendar – Day 21 – Kir Royale. This classic sparkling wine cocktail is a tasteful and timeless welcome for any guest.
I hope you have been keeping sparkling wine well-stocked for the holiday season. So far, on this little advent calendar we’ve featured three cocktails that call for a bit of bubbly: The Hyacinth, Campari Christmas and The Kentucky Bonfire.
There’s something about bubbles that just put me in a good mood, they set a celebratory tone for your event, and is appropriate at any time of day, mimosas anyone?
One of my favourite bottles is, at an affordable price point, is the Paul Delane Cremant de Bourgogne Reserve which retails for $20.55 a bottle at the LCBO. The traditional method sparkling is prepared in the same fashion as Champagne but produced outside that pricy region in France.
The wine is dry with notes of lemon and green apple and the pleasant flavour of brioche you can expect from well-crafted sparkling.
I didn’t have any of the Paul Delane on hand when I was preparing this Kir Royale but I’ve been fortunate to have friends bring over an array of bottles as I’ve hosted different get togethers throughout December and had this Prosecco chilling.
You’ll see I’ve paired this drink with more foot soldiers from my nutcracker army. Is it just me or does it seem like nutcrackers almost always have insane Albert Einstein style hair-dos?
What is up with that? Can someone explain this to me please? It seems like that kind of mane would really get in your eyes or end up in your mouth as you let out a battle cry and charged into battle.
These are things I wonder about, luckily, you won’t have to worry about the suitability of this cocktail for your next fête, it’s a surefire winner.
- 1 oz crème de cassis
- 5 oz chilled sparkling wine
- 1 blackberry, for garnish
Pour crème de cassis into a Champagne flute. Gently pour sparkling wine to top. Garnish with one blackberry.
Recipe from: Hercz, Robert. "Kir Royale." Food & Drink. Holiday 2003.