Kir Royale {+Bon Voyage! We’re off to…}

Bon voyage, we are headed to France! With a wave of my hanky, what I hope to be an alluring toss of my hair, and a bubbly Kir Royale, I bid you adieu for four weeks.

Kir Royale

OK, that hair toss was probably more awkward than alluring, and I’m bouncing around with far too much unbridled exuberance pass for a coy, mysterious French woman, but I’ll raise my glass of Kir Royale with panache just the same.

Eight years ago, I studied abroad in the small town of Angers, France, but I spent most of my free weekends traveling to other countries (that European travel bug is one itchy biter). At the end of the semester, I left with far too many French villages unexplored, art unseen, and pastries uneaten. Ever since, I’ve dreamed of returning for more evenings of chatting with my host parents, tasting new regional cuisines, and getting joyfully lost in fields of vines.

Admittedly, my fantasies of returning to France have been fluffy, fabulous, and unscrupulously influenced by books such as this and this. We’re chasing them anyway. With Ben’s law school graduation behind and a new job for him ahead in the fall, the unique opportunity of a summer off was too enticing to miss.

2 Ingredient French Cocktails. A timeless cocktail in honor of the Eternal City!

Tomorrow morning, we depart for Nice in southern France. We’ll spend a few days delightfully lost in Provence, then catch a train to Paris where we are renting an apartment for three weeks. Our Parisian pad is six feet wide—when the futon (ahem, our bed) is extended, it occupies the entire living room. The location, however, is impeccable. We have a porch, and we are within walking distance of Poilâne. Who could ask for more?

Kir Royale - A classic French cocktail made with champagne and currant liqueur

I’ll be posting a few travel updates, recipes, and photos throughout the trip (prepare for an onslaught of croissant beauty shots), and a few of my best blogging friends will be posting here too, to keep recipes and inspiration in fresh supply. I am beyond excited for you to meet these incredible women and to see what they have cooked up for you!

In thinking through my final recipe post before our trip, I couldn’t imagine anything more fitting that a Kir Royale. It’s two ingredients, declaratively celebratory, and indisputably French. (Plus, it gave me a fabulous excuse to finally buy myself this set of inexpensive champagne glasses.) Honestly, a Kir Royale is hardly a recipe, but I adore this bubbly beverage and couldn’t resist the opportunity to share.

Kir Royale - 2 simple ingredients create the perfect French cocktail

A Kir Royale begins with crème de cassis, a black currant liqueur that has a deep, moody berry flavor that reminds me of a blackberry and raspberry combined. I originally bought my bottle to make Ina Garten’s unbelievable chocolate cassis cake, and now I love using it for cocktails, poured over vanilla ice cream, or mixed with sliced berries as a topping for shortcake. You can also make a kir (vs. kir royale) by swapping the champagne for a crisp white wine.

Kir Royale - Classic French cocktail made with creme de cassis currant liqueur and champagne

Ingredient number two: the bubbly. Spoon a teaspoon of crème de cassis into each glass, top with champagne, and santé. Your crisp, lightly fruity kir royale is ready for a toast. Pop the cork and let’s party!

Kir Royale - A 2-ingredient classic French cocktail that's both easy and elegant

I will have limited access to email while Ben and I are away, so thank you in advance for your patience with recipe questions and comments. Fellow bloggers, know I’d love to thank you for your sweet comments with a reply on each of your sites, but I simply won’t have the online time to do so. Please take my declarative word that you are spectacular!

Want to know what Ben and I are up to in France each day? Every morning, I will be posting a quick travel blurb on Facebook. If you would like to see these updates, Like The Law Student’s Wife on Facebook AND select to receive notifications (you’ll need to do this even if you already have liked the page). Directions: Once you select to like the page, click the “Like” button again (it will say “Liked”) and select “Get Notifications.”

Still hungry? Visit my recipe archives for lots of tasty ideas! The SpringSummer, and Any Season sections are lovely places to begin.

Cheers to each of you, to new adventures, and to the Kir Royale: an easy, elegant cocktail that’s fit for a casual brunch, fancy bridal shower, or Parisian café.

Au revoir!

Kir Royale

An elegant, easy French cocktail made with creme de cassis liqueur and champagne. Perfect for brunches, bridal showers, or a before-dinner drink. The kir royale takes seconds to make, yet feels incredibly special!

Yield: Serves 4-6

Cook Time: 1 minute

Total Time: 1 minute


  • Crème de cassis liqueur
  • 1 750 mL bottle of champagne


  1. Pour 1 teaspoon of crème de cassis in each glass. Top with champagne and serve!

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About Erin Clarke

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  1. Oh my word. OK. So I’m not too big to admit that there is a fire of jealousy raging in my heart now, but I’m also just SO excited for you guys! What a fun way to end the school season of your lives!!! I’ll be following along obsessively :)

  2. Safe travels! Have a fabulous vacation!

  3. I hope you have a wonderful time in France, Erin! I’m sure this cocktail helped you get in the mood, too. Sounds delicious!

  4. Oh my goodness I completely relate to what you said about living in France! I lived in London for a semester but spent every single weekend in Italy, Germany, Greece, etc. I was in England for 4 months and never ventured outside of London!!! I am so excited for you to head back and will be living vicariously!! ENJOY!

  5. Have a wonderful and safe trip, friend! Can’t wait to follow along and hear about it!!! xo

  6. Oh my goodness! So exciting. Of course I want to see lots of pictures. You’re gonna have a blast.
    Love the hair toss….you’re hilarious!

  7. Enjoy your stay! Toss your hair and make sure you have a fancy scarf.

    Post a few pics so I can live vicariously through you. Now is the time to travel. Life just gets busier!!! Live it up.

  8. Like many others…OMG I’m so jealous!!! One of these days…
    In the meantime, ENJOY. Can’t wait to read your updates!

  9. Oh wow – so excited for your trip! Now…do you have room in your suitcase for me?
    Hoping yall have a wonderful time – looking forward to pictures and posts and food/recipe duplications when you come back! Bon voyage sweet lady!

  10. Ohhhh, I’m so jealous! Have fun. We went to Paris on our honeymoon and loved it. We are hoping to explore Nice and the wine regions for our five year anniversary.

  11. Congrats – sounds like an amazing trip!

  12. I’m happy crying. So happy for you, but I’m going to miss you so much!

  13. Champagne with a fruity flavor, I’m sold!

    I studied abroad in Spain for a summer a visited a handful of major European cities but was only in each one for all of 48 hours. I’d love to go back and spend 3 weeks in the same city and really be able to relax and experience all it has to offer. So jealous!

  14. Have an absolutely wonderful time, Erin! I’m just a tad jealous, but I’ll live vicariously through you for the next 4 weeks and pretend that I’m enjoying the views, atmosphere, and food right along with you and Ben. Enjoy!

  15. I am so excited about your monthly stay in Paris! I can’t wait to read and see pictures of your stay.

  16. Sounds like a wonderful trip! I’m sure you will have a wonderful time. I can’t wait to see pics and hear all about your adventure :D

  17. I am soooo jealous of your trip! I’ve always wanted to go to France, and will be stalking the heck out of you via Instagram! Hope you have a blast! P.S. Kir Royales are one of my fave cocktails too, and now I’m craving one…at noon. This is problematic.

  18. Have a great trip Erin, what a lovely adventure you have in store!

  19. Oh my lawdddd! Girl, have a great great trip!! I cannot wait to follow along and get great peeks of my favorite city. I’ve been to Europe a few times but for some reason just haven’t made it to Paris. But I can live vicariously through you, this kir royale and some macarons

  20. how exciting…have a good time there and please eat extra croissant in the morning, a glass (if not more) of wine with each meal and lots of cheese and bread for me while you are there :)

  21. Wow, that is so exciting! I cannot wait to hear your updates! I’ve always wanted to go to Europe, it will be so fun to see it through you :)

  22. How fun!! Safe travels. I think I will partake in a little bubbly today in your honor!

  23. Have sooo much fun!!!! Can’t wait to see all of the pics! So jealous you’ll be just steps from Poilâne — getting a loaf of crusty bread from there and meats and cheeses from another (name forgotten), shop is one of my fondest food memories of my time in Paris. Kir Royales were my go-to drink, and still are when I got to a French restaurant! The perfect start to our trip!

  24. Have a wonderful time! Can’t wait to see photos and hear your travel updates!

  25. Yay, have a great trip and lots of fun lady! Can’t wait to see pics and hear all about it :) This bubbly is perfect for this special occasion! Cheers and safe travels!

  26. So jealous!!! Love Paris! My wife and I went for our honeymoon 2 years ago and it was an amazing time. Eat like crazy :) I’m sure you don’t need any suggestions, but in case… here’s my fave food from when we went:

  27. yay, yay, yay! Have so much fun and save travels. Can’t wait to hear all about it!

  28. Have a great trip! Can’t wait to see pictures!

  29. Erin, hope you have a fabulous trip!!! oh my gawd, you’re going to have so much fun!!! Enjoy it!!

  30. I must admit I’m a tad bit jealous, but oh so excited for you!! I hope you have a wonderful and safe trip filled with lots of good memories and of course food!

  31. Have sooo much fun! I’m green with envy at your opportunity to revisit your host family and explore some more in Europe! I hope to do the same someday. Safe travels and can’t wait to hear all about it when you get back!

    Ps, I would drink the crap out of this.

  32. Bon voyage, Erin! What a perfect summer! When I finally settle in the UK, I’m hoping to ‘hop’ over to Paris as often as I possibly can. I LOVE that city! The last time the hubs and I went there, it was winter, which was a fabulous excuse to dive into this cafe and that bistrot pretty much all day long to ‘warm up’ (oh, and we’ll just grab a quick cafe Irlandais while we’re there). You are going to have a fantastic time and I can’t wait to follow along.

  33. I love Kir Royal, we can make as well with a white wine. Happy holydays in France, the pays where I live ;)

  34. Have a lovely trip! I wish you all the best! Make sure you bring back some stories to tell us!!! ♥♥♥

  35. Have a fabulous trip!! My husband and I just got back from a trip to Paris and London and it was so great! Three weeks to explore will be amazing!

  36. Hey Erin, congrats on this trip you are starting, and thanks for sharing a great drink idea. I just did a whiskey tasting with a couple friends yesterday, so I am newly interested in expanding my drink repertoire. (I realized that there is more refinement to drinking whiskey than I knew!)

  37. Erin, I’m so envious every time I catch a glimpse of France in my instagram feed! Hope you guys are having the best time over there. I’ve been dying to go back since I studied in Bordeaux… seven years ago. Man, it’s been so long that I need to get a new passport. This kir royale looks delightful. I might just have to break into the bottle of champagne in my fridge tonight.

  38. Have the BESTEST time. Wishing you all the fun times. Happy travels. PS: Green with envy, what a treat. :)

  39. When is he taking the bar exam?

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