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Holiday Sparkle with Leopold Bros’ Cranberry Kir Royal

From Laetitia Brock. Email her at laetitia[AT]borderstan.com. You can follow her at @FrenchTwistDC and on her own blog, French twist DC.

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Leopold Bros’ Cranberry Kir Royal. (Laetitia Brock)

Since I didn’t grow up celebrating Thanksgiving, I’m still attempting to understand the holiday and make it mine in some way. The best way I have found so far is by taking the traditional ingredients and dishes of the holiday and giving them my own French twist.

That translated into a sweet potato gratin dauphinois one year, or a pumpkin crème brĂ»lĂ©e dessert for example. This year, I didn’t do much of the cooking but I was in charge of cocktails and drinks. I came across Leopold Bros’ New England Cranberry Liqueur just in time for Thanksgiving, during a tasting at Bell Wine and Spirit  I stumbled upon.

In France, we typically start a holiday or celebratory meal with an apéritif like champagne or light white wine. As soon as I tried the bright crimson, sweet Cranberry liqueur, I knew it would make the perfect apéritif, mixed with a dry bubbly.

I was right! The simple Cranberry kir royal is not only easy to make but it’s also perfect to serve as a festive cocktail throughout the holiday season. Simply mix 1 to 2 oz of Leopold Bros New England Cranberry Liqueur (available in half or full bottles in our area at West Dupont Circle Wines & Liqueur, Bell Wine and Spirits, Modern Liquors they can order it for you in case they don’t actually have it in store) with 3 to 4 oz of brut/cava/prosecco or any other chilled sparkling wine.

And voilĂ , you have a bright sparkling cocktail to toast the holidays! You can also garnish it with some frozen whole cranberries or use white wine instead of sparkling wine to make it a regular cranberry kir. Or you can just drizzle some on vanilla-pecan ice cream. Cheers!

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Brock has lived in the District since graduating from GWU in 2005 but she will always call Paris home. While not technically a Borderstan resident, she does work for an educational non-profit in the area, and has spent entirely too much money at the salad bar of Whole Foods over the years. Email her at laetitia[AT]borderstan.com. You can follow her at @FrenchtwistDC and on her own blog, www.FrenchtwistDC.com.

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