The Royale Treatment

2 Nov

I work in clinical nutrition and have for much of my professional career.   More than that, food, nutrition, and wine have all been a passion for me.  In addressing nutrition with my professional hat on, I can’t help but let my “foodie” nuances shine through sometimes.

I work with a mostly elderly population as clients, which is so cool, because many of my clients have been cooking for decades, and some for more than a half of a century.  I absolutely love to pick their brains sometimes about food from the past, how they fed their families, what their parties were like.  Conversations with them regarding food from their past are amazing!  One such conversation with a beautiful and sophisticated client with classic french culinary roots turned to champagne.  Lucky me!

We discussed champagnes of the past.  My dear client had mentioned that her favorite champagne was Piper Heidsieck Brut.  She preferred this particular champagne served as a Kir Royale.   I hadn’t had a Kir Royale in a couple of years, and I asked for her recipe.  I also asked what food she traditionally paired with this cocktail.  Here is a take on her simple and delicious recipe, or at least how I made it, and her favorite appetizer to go with this elegant aperitif.

Kir Royale

  • 1 part creme de Cassis
  • 5 parts champagne

A chilled glass is perfect for this cocktail, so take a champagne flute, and fill it with ice and cold water.  Let sit for a few minutes.  Dump out the ice water.  Pour 1 part creme de Cassis (black currant liquor) into the flute.  Slowly add 5 parts champagne.  Enjoy!

My client liked to serve pate with this drink, so I served a chicken pate with it and it was well paired.  I served a lobster spread, but found that to be a bit too sweet with this drink, which is also on the sweet side.  The third appetizer I tried with this, and it was delicious, were roasted fresh figs with bleu cheese on an endive leaf.  Elegant and yummy!

This drink was a nice change of pace, and fun to try again.  It was a perfect before dinner drink to sip and enjoy some appetizers.  Try it.  Give me some feedback.  Let me know what kind of champagne you used, and what you served along side.  Bon appetite!

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One Response to “The Royale Treatment”

  1. shirley Klingele November 2, 2012 at 10:56 am #

    Hi love your blog today, cannot wait to visit and have you make me a wonderful cocktail… 🙂 love you, mommy

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