Kir Royale

Kir Royale Cocktail copyright 2009 Gary Allard
Party in the Kitchen

It's Thanksgiving morning! We've turned up a swingin' jazz mix, set the table, and have started prepping for pie crust rolling, potato peeling, and drink sipping. The cat gets a tiny splash of cream, G mixes his traditional Bloody Mary recipe, and I sip a tall glass of orange juice, hold the vodka (or I'd be asleep before lunchtime).

For our pre-turkey cocktail later on, we're ditching the planned Cranberry Mojito recipe — a test mix came out face-scrunching sour. (Our Pineapple Mojito was much better.)  Instead, we'll be pouring sparkling Kir Royales worthy of the celebration.

Holiday Drink Ideas

Wines to pair with turkey dinners

Seedless Split (it's pomegranate season!)

Cable Car

Porkbelly Flop (perfect martini for Black Friday pre-online-shopping)

Muddy Mint Slide (for the late hours after pie)

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Kir Royale Cocktail Recipe

5 oz. sparkling wine, Cava, or Champagne
1 oz. Chambord* Liqueur Royale (or creme de cassis)

Pour Chambord into a tall flute glass, then top with sparkling wine.

Then raise a toast to the chef, the bartender, and your beautiful friends and family! Cheers and happy Thanksgiving.

*Chambord tastes like blackberries, but not overpoweringly so.

CAUTION: Don't drink all day, even if cooking for your family is stressful. You'll get all blurry and uninhibited, then your siblings will stop talking to you because you said something mean that you don't even remember, like "you should fire your hair stylist" or "did you gain some weight?" If you're going to imbibe anyway, drink a tall glass of water in-between cocktails, and be sure to take a nap before dinner.

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1 Comment

  1. Shelly
    December 30, 2009

    Sweet. Claudia from Mmm, Me Gusta, a delicious cooking show online, shows how to make a Kir Royale (and a mint chocolate martini and a Bloody Maria) in her 2009 New Year’s episode! Check out the video:


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