Fast, simple cocktails are an essential part of hosting Christmas. When you’re so full of prawns and pudding you can’t really move, and the call goes up for a cocktail to cheers with, this’ll get you out of trouble.
A bit more trick that just a glass of bubbly, this cocktail’s the perfect pour during a busy Christmas. It’s quick, tastes great and is colourful enough to keep that festive vibe going strong.
We thought we were being really clever when we ‘came up with’ this drink. It turns out our friend’s family had been drinking it for generations. In all fairness, our friend Mona is French and, let’s face it, they’re pretty good at this sort of stuff over there.
Further research told us this combo was popular for quite some time, but isn’t that commonly seen these days. This is our little mission to bring back the good old days!
Retro Kir Royale
Here’s what you need:
- A bottle of bubbly – could be champagne, prosecco or any sparkling wine
- 1 – 2 measures of crème de cassis – a kind of blackcurrant liqueur
- A cherry to garnish
Here’s what you do:
- Pour the crème de cassis into the glasses.
- Top up with bubbly.
- Garnish with a cherry.
We’ve also used Chambord in the past, which is pretty much the same as cassis, though it’s a little darker and has a richer flavour.
This is a very pretty drink and does well at the start of a night, as a welcome drink or even as a last resort if the sparkling wine you bought doesn’t meet your expectations!
For this festive time of year, it’s excellent to have at the start of Christmas lunch or dinner. It also stretches the life of a bottle of champagne a little too!
Have a merry Christmas, everyone!
For more Champagne cocktails, check out the ones featured in our cocktail book here.
Mona also told us that in French, this drink would be spelled ‘Kir Royal’ as Kir is masculine. I looked at her with my best baffled expression, so she shrugged and said it might be different in English. Or not… but thank you, Mona, for not laughing at my complete ignorance!
What’s going to be your cocktail of choice this festive season? Tell us in the comments!