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Kir Royale for “The Doldrums” Outlander on Starz S3E9

Kir Royale for “The Doldrums” Outlander on Starz S3E9

Beyond the Books, Outlander on Starz

Jamie and Claire set sail in search of Young Ian this week. First, a wee stop in France to pick up the boat, then off they go across the High Seas — where they’ll stop nobody knows…

I chose a classic French cocktail for the big send off, a Kir Royale, which combines dry champagne with Crème de Cassis Liqueur (Black Currant).

A Kir Royale is the upscale version of a Kir, a mix of dry white wine and Crème de Cassis – so you have choices, depending on what you can find at your local wine shop or liquor store. The Cassis may require a trip to a specialty store.

I live on a small island, so our choices can be limited. I was only slightly surprised to find the Cassis. (The winters can be dark and long here. I think many of us have a few favourite liqueurs to sip with a good book by the fire.) But I had to go with my favourite Prosecco instead of Champagne, because none of the latter appealed.

Untraditional, but, I’m happy to report, a near perfect pairing of dry and sweet. The Cassis just takes the edge off of the wine’s acidity.

Kir Royale

  • .5 to 1 oz Creme de Cassis Liqueur
  • 4 oz Dry Champagne

Pour the Cassis into a Champagne glass, then top with the Champagne, pouring slowly so it doesn’t bubble over.

Serve immediately, clinking glasses with your fellow Outlanders and wishing Jamie and Claire a very bon voyage!

Do you have your copy of Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook yet?

Kir Royale


1 Comment

  1. Jan Anderson
    November 10, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    Hi Theresa! I haven’t commented yet this year! Wah! I’ve been traveling but now back in Maui. I’m taking a trip to the local boozey to pick up the ingredients, it’s sound delish, just like ALL of your recipes! ❤️

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