For this Martini Monday, we are venturing into the regal territory of the sparkling wine cocktail.
The Kir, as it was originally known, originated in the Dijon region of Burgundy, France, using two of the regions top products: white wine and Creme de cassis (blackberry liqueur). The cocktail attained regal status and became known as a Kir Royale, when sparkling wine or champagne was substituted for the white wine.
The drink need not be reserved for special occasions, although nothing could be more elegant or delicious. Serve it for your next brunch, card party, book club meeting, or when friends stop by to chat.
You will need:
- Chilled champagne flutes
- Your favorite champagne or sparkling wine. (Brut or semi-Brut is best.)
- creme de Cassis
- Fresh Black berries for garnish. (Frozen are fine if you are out of season.)
Add one teaspoon creme de cassis to each champagne flute.
Fill with the wine and add one or two berries for garnish.