Black Raspberry Kir Royale
1/2 oz. Black Raspberry liqueur (Chambord to be fancy)
Fill dry sparkling white wine (Champagne to be fancy)
Garnish with a twist of lemon
This is a wonderful drink. The original base ingredient is Creme de Cassis, a blackcurrant liqueur that isn’t always available in liquor stores. I haven’t had the opportunity to try an original Kir Royale, but I can’t imagine it being any better than the black raspberry version. It’s delicious, and the black raspberry is the perfect foil for a dry, brut wine.
The drink works really well in a champagne flute, with a twist of lemon. You can make your lemon twist however you like, but if you want to hang it on the glass as I’ve done in the image, you’ll need a citrus zester and a pencil or bar spoon. Strip the peel off the lemon, then twirl it around your chosen implement and squeeze it to set the spiral shape. Then, you can simply hang it on the flute!
Good luck to those of you braving the crowds at the liquor stores today, and happy new year!