Inspiration struck earlier this week. There was a perfectly petite 200 ml bottle of Hiram Walker Creme de Cassis, coupled with a bottle of Brut and a relatively sunny New England afternoon, and the muse struck. It was time for a Kir Royale!
For what this drink (photographed) lacks in proper glassware and twist garnish, it makes up with flavor. The vibrant, deep-red color and sweet profile of the Cassis come from the blackcurrant berry. I measured one part Creme de Cassis with four parts of a dry Brut sparkling wine; the combination of the two made for a very well balanced drink, not sickly sweet.
Champagne cocktails are perfect for a variety of occasions. Give this one a try for when inspiration strikes you next!