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KIR IMPÉRIAL – FRENCH SPARKLING WINE COCKTAIL

KIR IMPÉRIAL – FRENCH SPARKLING WINE COCKTAIL

Pietro Family Cellars Brut Sparkling, married with French black raspberry liqueur, brings sophistication to any celebration 

 

Recipe by: Gabrielle

SERVES: 6

Wine Pairing: Pietro Family Cellars Brut Sparkling

PREP TIME: 10 minutes TOTAL TIME: 10 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lemon for 6 lemon twists, optional glass garnish
  • 6 Tbsp. (3 fl. oz.) Chambord, French black raspberry liqueur, chilled
  • 1 bottle Pietro Family Cellars Brut Sparkling NV, California, chilled

TO PREPARE

  1. Prepare Lemon Twists: Slice off both ends of the lemon, exposing the flesh. Slice six rings ¼” thick. Make a cut through one side of the peel all the way to the white pith on the other side, being careful NOT to cut the ring in half. Cut the lemon flesh off the white pith, creating a long lemon peel strip. Carefully cut away most of the white pith from the peel. Twist the peel into a corkscrew shape or wrap peel around a clean finger. (Foodie Tip: To hold the corkscrew shape of the peel, secure with a vinyl-coated paper clip; remove the paperclip before garnishing the glass.) Repeat procedure to make five more lemon twists.
  2. Prepare Kir Impérial Cocktail: Add 1 Tbsp. (½ fl. oz.) Chambord to each champagne flute.
  3. Tilt flute to a 45-degree angle. Slowly pour 3-4 fl. oz. Pietro Family Cellars Brut Sparkling down the side of the glass. This pouring method minimizes foaming. Fill the remaining flutes.

TO SERVE

Garnish each champagne flute rim with one lemon twist. Serve Kir Impérial immediately. Raise your glass and toast with the French phrase, “À vôtre santé,” meaning ‘to your health,’ similar to “Cheers”!   

 

SHOPPING LIST

  • 1 lemon, optional glass garnish
  • 1 bottle 375 ml (12.68 fl. oz.) or larger Chambord, French black raspberry liqueur
  • 1 bottle Pietro Family Cellars Brut Sparkling NV, California