When the calender turns to June, it is time to start enjoying summer sips. A well made kir royale is one of my most favorite summer drinks. Made with black currant liqueur and champagne, a kir royale is as tasty as it is pretty.
I like to chill my creme de cassis because it doesn’t bring down the temperature of the champagne. You could also add a frozen raspberry or blackberry for color and added chilling.
For authenticity, kir royales are made with champagne. For savvy wine enthusiasts, cava, prosecco and other sparkling wines can be substituted for the French bubbly.
Classic Kir Royal
1 Tbsp. chilled creme de casssis
2/3 cup good quality, cold champagne (about 5 ounces)
fresh or frozen berries (optional garnish)
Add the creme de cassis to a champagne glass, top with cold champagne. Garnish with berries, if desired.