Makes 1 drink
This well-known cocktail has a bit of a twist to it in honor of this 2006 Herb of the Year, scented geraniums. Their perfume and flavor add interest to many dishes — just be careful to use judiciously and not overwhelm. Kir is a classic French cocktail made with white wine and cassis (black currant liqueur), while Kir Royale is champagne with cassis.
- Scant ½ ounce rose geranium syrup
- Scant ½ ounce cassis
- Champagne, well-chilled
- 1 rose geranium flower or small leaf
- Pour syrup and cassis into a champagne flute and pour in just a bit of champagne. It will bubble up and want to spill over. After bubbling subsides, carefully fill glass with champagne.
- Garnish with a blossom or leaf and serve immediately. Use ginger ale or sparkling white grape juice for a nonalcoholic version.
Susan Belsinger is a frequent contributor who loves to sip herbal cocktails in her Maryland home.
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