Photo: Claire Lower
Call me basic if you must, but I love New Year’s eve. Whether you’re dancing yourself clean or just hanging at a house party, getting dressed up in shiny, sparkly garments and drinking shiny, sparkly drinks is fun, damn it. Not only is the Kir Péttilant as fancy and festive as they come, it’s extremely easy to make, and it looks stunning in photos.
In fact, it’s barely a three-ingredient cocktail. All you need is a bit of creme de cassis, some sort of sparkling wine, and a strip of lemon zest for garnishing purposes. If you want to treat yourself, grab some capital-c Champagne and make a Kir Royale, but I’m not a huge fan of mixing anything into good champagne. To make this elegant and colorful, slightly sweet and fruity libation, you will need:
- 1 teaspoon of creme de cassis
- Sparkling wine or Champagne
- Lemon zest
Pour the liqueur into a champagne flute and top with chilled sparkling wine. Express the oils from the zest into the flute and hang the strip over the edge. Toast to yourself for making it through this year, take a festive sip, and repeat as needed.