Santé! – Holiday Bubbles
Thursday December 22, 2016

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As a hostess of a holiday soirée, the purpose for inviting friends and family over is to have a memorable time. Perhaps a time to don cocktail attire, or maybe a more casual setting to simply lose track of time and get lost in conversation swaying to the music in the background. Either way, the hostess wants to partake as well, whether she has twenty or only a gathering of two. Second, and nearly as important, is knowing the cocktail of choice is delicious, subtle but offers a gradual way to relax and just be present to enjoy whatever unfolds over the course of the evening.

I have a cocktail that will suit both of these needs.

The Pomegranate Royal (derived from the traditional French Kir Royal, now with the simple addition of pomengranate juice).  In fewer than 60 seconds, you can serve your guests, and yourself, a cocktail that is bubbly, beautiful and lusciously delicious. The color is holiday festive for either this week or ringing in the new year, and the addition of Cassis with its black currant flavor adds a subtle secret finish.

Pomegranate Royal


  • Prosecco, Cava or Champagne, something bubbly
  • Cassis
  • Pomegranate juice

Directions (for one glass):

  1. Pour 4 ounces of Prosecco into a champagne glass.
  2. Add 1 teaspoon of Cassis.
  3. Finish with 1/2 teaspoon of pomegranate juice.
  4. Santé!

Simple and festive.

Happy holidays from TSLL!

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10 thoughts on “Santé! – Holiday Bubbles

  1. I don’t know about the pomegranate juice, but champagne or other sparkling white wine with crème de cassis is a kir royal, the signature aperitif of Dijon.
    I highly recommend the sparkling white wines of the Limoux region of France, often called blanquette or crémant de Limoux. The monk who invented champagne, Dom Pérignon, lived near LImoux before being transferred to the Champagne region, and it’s in Limoux that he came up with the bubbly white wine.
    Very good and not expensive.

  2. Joyeux Noel to you, Shannon, and Oscar & Norman too! Thank you so very much for your wonderful, enlightening, informative blog as well as all of your hard work in maintaining it. It brings, to me, much joy throughout the year. I’ve discovered many other fabulous blogs, books, music, recipes, etc. because of you. I hope one day you can come to the Napa Valley for one of your book promotions. From a fellow Francophile, merci beaucoup & Bonne Annee!

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