This isn’t really a recipe review so much as it is an excuse for me to daydream about apéritifs at a café in France— an early afternoon lubrication. Stupidly enough, I didn’t take pictures the first time around, and rather than Google some images that you don’t really need to see, I decided to wait until the clock hit noon to mix myself some more—for the photos, of course. Nothing like following up your morning Pilates and bowl of granola with a fruity popper. It’s so Wodehouse of me!
For my birthday recently, I planned a dinner menu of typical French dishes: warm goat cheese salad, croque monsieurs, haricots verts, and boeuf bourguinon. Of course, we were out cavorting at a local bar with my friends so I only got around to the croques and the salad. I do not recommend grating cheese after multiple drinks.
But the highlight of this menu for me was—no surprise here—some sweet and delicious apéritifs: Cassis à L’Eau, Kir, and Raspberry Royale.
Cassis à l’eau: 6 tablespoons cassis and 3/4 cup of water, served on ice. I’m totally drinking this in my 3rd trimester.
Kir: 1-2 teaspoons creme de cassis liqueur in a glass of chilled white wine. (Similarly, a Kir Royale would substitute champagne for the white wine.)
Raspberry Royale: 1 teaspoon raspberry liqueur (make sure it’s red, not clear) and 2-3 raspberries in a glass of champagne.
À votre santé!