I suffered from Royal Wedding fever. I have no problem admitting that I watched numerous documentaries, made-for-tv movies, prime time coverage, read reports in magazines, clicked through Kate Middleton style look-books… I did it all. It made me realize that I was a little envious of people who could recount the morning they woke up early to watch Princess Diana’s extravagant wedding to Prince Charles, so naturally I wanted to have my own Royal Wedding story to tell. Thankfully I live with a roommate that shared an equal amount of interest to the wedding, thus began plans for our Royal Morning – and yes, complete with a celebratory cocktail.
While I couldn’t quite commit to the 4 am start, I will say that when my alarm went off at 5:30, I actually got out of bed. All week long I had debated on what drink to make for the Royal Morning. Yes, it was going to be way too early to be drinking, but a wedding of this magnitude was not going to happen often so of course we were to celebrate in style! I wanted the drink to have a light taste to enjoy in the morning and, of course, include champagne. After much thought, I decided that Kir Royales were the perfect choice.
A Kir Royale is made with champagne (while a traditional Kir is made with dry white wine) and creme de cassis. Creme de cassis is a sweet French liqueur made from blackcurrants. A small measure of creme de cassis serves as the base of the drink then topped off with champagne. A skewer of fresh raspberries and blackberries speared down the center of the champagne flute served as the perfect garnish.
This traditional aperitif (a small drink taken before a meal to stimulate the appetite) was the perfect cocktail to suit this elegant occasion and was the perfect partner to Katy’s fresh berry coffee cake which satisfied our palates and moods on this special morning. Katy and I had everything prepared just in time for Will and Kate to walk out of Buckingham Palace and toasted (and squealed) at the Royal Kiss. All in all, we couldn’t have asked for a more deliciously interpretive way to witness this real-life fairytale… a breakfast that was simple, elegant and timeless to match a Royal Wedding of the same description. And now, for years to come, I’ll always have this fond memory of what I did for the Royal Wedding.