Today we are helping Sharon Lachendro celebrate her birthday! She generously decided to give one of our readers a huge prize in our Giveaway!! (More on that in a minute.) I can’t think of anything more fun and festive than a Kir Royale, the drink I order whenever I am celebrating a special moment in life. And it couldn’t be easier, combining champagne with cassis in a tall flute and topping it with a lemon twist.
Crème de Cassis is a French liqueur made by crushing black currants and macerating them in eau-de-vie. When it is ready, the solids are strained out and sugar is added. Its slightly sweet fruit flavors perfectly balance the acidity of white wines. You can make your own, but it takes several months to allow the berries to fully flavor the white wine and brandy. Personally I’d rather go buy a bottle now and again. 😉
This cocktail became popular in post World War II France. After the war, the Burgundy region had very little of their red wines left. To create an alternative to the missing red wines, the Mayor of Dijon added a little of the locally produced Cassis to their dry white wines which completely changed the characteristics of the wine and created a new drink sensation, a Kir, named for the Mayor, priest Canon Felix Kir, a member of the French Resistance and a local war hero. The new cocktail soon became popular all over France, with each region using their own white wines. A Kir Royale is the combination of cassis with champagne. It is, in my opinion, the quintessential celebration beverage!
If you don’t care for champagne, the sweetness of the cassis, a liqueur made from black currants, mellows the flavor adding a pleasing fruitiness with the bold aroma of a fresh lemon twist tickling your nose. This can be as simple as you like, or you can add a couple of berries for more color. The percentage of champagne to cassis is totally up to you. If you want a stronger cocktail, use more champagne. For people who prefer sweeter drinks, adding more cassis will mellow the champagne.
If you want to serve a non-alcoholic version, just use sparkling cider in place of the wine and your children can join you in the toasts! Anytime you have a celebration or great success, I hope you will consider making Kir Royales. They are a sparkling way to toast!
There are 27 bloggers participating in this celebration, each one sharing a favorite recipe that is perfect for parties. These folks are incredibly talented and the items they came up with are breathtaking!
All of us are gluten-free bloggers, regularly sharing the gluten-free foods we serve our families and eat ourselves. You don’t have to feel left out anymore, you can make these gluten-free treats (all but one are GF) and no one will know they aren’t the same thing they are used to eating! Be sure to swing by each one (below) to discover the best party recipes on the Internet!
And now, let’s get to that amazing GIVEAWAY!!
In honor of Sharon’s birthday, one lucky reader will Win a KitchenAid Mixer, a $100 gift certificate for Sweetapolita, and a prize package from Rodelle Vanilla! You will get to choose your color of mixer from a list including Green Apple, Ice, Aqua Sky, Cranberry, Metallic Chrome, and White. And once you’ve got your new mixer in hand, you’ll have the best vanilla to add flavor and depth to your baked goods and all the sprinkles you want to create stunning party-worthy treats! Starting today, July 18th and running until August 17th gives you a WHOLE MONTH to enter! But enter today so you don’t forget. 🙂 And come back often – you can enter once a day!
Directions for entering the Giveaway are below the recipe. I hope you win!
Jane’s Tips and Hints:
Use a medium to good bottle of sparkling wine or champagne for this cocktail. The flavor of a cheap one will definitely show through. If you can afford it, get an imported bottle of real champagne from France. This is a celebration and you deserve it!
Crème de Cassis and Champagne are gluten-free!
- 1 part Crème de Cassis liqueur (black currant) or Chambord liqueur (raspberry)
- Fresh blackberries or raspberries, optional
- 5 to 7 parts chilled dry Champagne, Prosecco, or sparkling wine, to your taste
- Lemon wedge, optional
- Pour the Crème de Cassis into the bottom of a champagne flute. If you are adding berries, place them in the glass on top of the cassis. Slowly pour in the champagne, being careful not to let the foam spill over the edge. You can do this in stages, stopping to let the foam subside before finishing the pouring. If you are making more than one, pour each one about half full (the foam will be taller) and by the time you are done pouring the last one, the first will be ready for more Champagne.
- Ideally the cocktail should be a blush color, not too strongly colored or flavored by the liqueur. It is a light and refreshing treat any time of the year!
- Yield: 1 cocktail; multiply ingredients as needed for your event
- Note: How to measure "parts" ... If you use 1 tsp of cassis, then you would add 5 to 7 tsp champagne
Gluten-Free Party Recipes!
Gluten Free Coconut Cake – What The Fork Food Blog
Gluten Free Strawberry Lemonade Cupcakes – Gluten-Free Palate
Bourbon Tropical Peach Cocktail – Fearless Dining
Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes – My Gluten Free Miami
Gluten Free Cookie Cake – Flippin’ Delicious
Summer Beer – Vegetarian Mamma
The Best Gluten Free Cake – gfJules
Insane Cupcake Recipes – Our Mini Family (only 1 recipe is gluten-free, the rest need to be adjusted)
Gluten Free Coconut Cream Pie Cupcakes – Good Morning Cali (this blog will be taken off line soon)
Mexican Dinner Rolls – Green Healthy Cooking (not gluten-free)
Summer Cocktails and Mocktails – A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
Gluten Free Cookie Cake – A Mind “Full” Mom
Strawberry Lychee Panna Cotta – Brunch-n-Bites
Cucumber Moscow Mule – The Culinary Compass
Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes with Mocha Frosting – Only Taste Matters
Gluten Free Chocolate Cupcakes – Veggie Balance
Virgin Watermelon Margarita – Coffee With Us 3
Elderflower Mojito – Home & Plate
Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Stacks – Simply Healthy Family
Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake – Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt
Watermelon Mint Gin Fizz – Frugal Foodie Mama
Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake – Raia’s Recipes
Tequila Sunrise Cocktail – All Roads Lead to the Kitchen
Grilled Spicy Pineapple Margarita – Lapetitchef
Gluten Free Fresh Apple Cake – My Gluten-free Kitchen
Summertime Lemon Cupcakes – For the Love of Food
Giveaway details: Open to U.S. residents only, 18 and older. Winners will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is picked. Contest runs July 18th 12:00 AM EST through August 17 12:00 AM EST.
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