“Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right.” Mark Twain
As this year quickly draws to a close, and we begin the lead up to the holiday season I thought I would share some delicious cocktails with you. To kick things off I wanted to start with a cocktail that contains the drink we all think of when it comes to celebrations – Champagne.
Champagne immediately comes to mind when you think of a celebration but have you ever wondered why? Champagne first came to international attention in the 1700s where Champagne was served during the coronation of French kings. As the French were always associated with luxury, power and class, Champagne quickly became associated with these things. Through some very clever marketing, the early Champagne houses quickly caught on and spent considerable time and money marketing their product this way. That initial, and ongoing marketing by today’s Champagne houses, have brought us to today where it’s become so synonymous that as soon as we think of celebration we immediately think of Champagne. After all, what would a wedding toast be without a glass of Champagne?
So, todays cocktail, and my current favourite cocktail, is a Kir Royale. Making it couldn’t be simpler as it’s a simple combination of Champagne (or Sparkling wine) and Creme de Cassis. Creme de Cassis is a blackcurrant liqueur, which gives this cocktail a delicious berry taste. Kir Royale’s are traditionally served as an apéritif before a meal, making it the perfect drink to kick off a dinner party.
Speaking of celebrations, congratulations to the winner of the Brisbane Good Food Show tickets – Jenny Wright. Thank you to all who entered!
Tell me, what is your favourite celebratory drink?
The exact quantity of Creme de Cassis depends on taste. According to history the cocktail was originally served in the quantities of 1/3 Creme de Cassis to 2/3 Champagne, however a lot of recipes use the ratio of 1/5 Creme de Cassis to 4/5 Champagne. Find the ratio that works best for you.
- 15mls Creme de Cassis
- Champagne of Sparkling wine
- Place the Creme de Cassis in the bottom of a Champagne flute and top with Champagne or Sparkling wine.