adventures of an american housewife in the south of france

Hump Day: Aperitif

Have dinner at any restaurant in France and the first thing they will ask you is, "Désirez-vous un apéritif?"  An aperitif is a refreshing pre-dinner drink that is meant to stimulate the appetite.

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Usually The Hub and I go straight for the wine, but lately we've been imbibing in a more traditional pre-dinner drink:  the Kir Royale.  We drank a lot of these while we were in Paris with my parents.   I'd partaken in this cocktail before, but after moving to France, I finally realized the difference between a regular Kir and the Kir Royale.  A Kir is made with a base of white wine and the Kir Royale is made with champagne.  Go big or go home, I always say! In both drinks, the alcohol is mixed with creme de cassis, a sweet, blackcurrant flavored liqueur, although some restaurants like to add a twist by using flavors of raspberry, peach or strawberry instead.  Either way, I've been finding the Kir Royale a very nice way to start my meal! What is your favorite aperitif?

One Response to “Hump Day: Aperitif”

  1. i never knew exactly what was in a kir royale and now i NEED one. like now.

    bubbles are my all time favorite.

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