Chambord Kir Royale

Photography by Allyson Regan

New Year’s Eve is just a few short days away, so I wanted to share this tasty cocktail. It’s one of those drinks that looks awesome, and feels classy but is super simple to make. If you’ve never had a kir royale, like me lol, it’s classically a french drink served as an apertif before meals (thanks Google!). It contains creme de cassis, which is a black currant liqueur and wine. More times than not, the wine is white and it is sparkling.

Photography by Allyson Regan

I wanted to put a slight twist on this classic French drink so we swapped out the creme de cassis for Chambord, which is a raspberry liqueur and topped it off with prosecco. I also added a squeeze of fresh lemon to balance out the sweetness.

The result? This perfectly pink drink, that’s slightly sweet and full of awesome berry flavor. Chambord really does taste like raspberries. You only need about a teaspoon of liqueur per glass and plenty of prosecco. The lemon really helps to bring out the true raspberry flavor. Garnish with a couple fresh raspberries and a thin lemon twist and you’ve got yourself a party-starter! Let’s add Drink more Prosecco to all of our New Year’s Resolutions, mkay?

Photography by Allyson Regan

Cheers and Happy New Year!

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New Year. More Cake.

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Flourless Chocolate Cake 2018

2018.

 

Guys, we survived 2017.

 

As a whole {country} 2017 was a rough one, but personally, I had a great year. I got married to my best friend and favorite human, I got to travel to NYC and explore some fantastic food, and I got a new job that allows me to spend more time with said favorite human.  While I didn’t go to the gym as often as I wanted, and I didn’t post on my blog very often, sorry guys, and I probably watched too much TV, but I enjoyed this past year spending time with my loved ones and truly lived life.

Which is how I landed at the title for this post as well as my mantra for the year ahead.  Life is all about balance people.  Balance between work and relaxation, balance between exercise and couch time, balance between quinoa and cake.  So while New Years Resolutions can be a great way to motivate ourselves to be better, we need to take some time three days after the new year and eat a piece of cake out of the fridge after our workout.

The recipe for this Flourless Chocolate cake can be found here and while I’m not in love with the result, it did satisfy my sweet tooth.  I added cointreau to the ganache that I spread on top.  For the berries, I tossed them in turbinado sugar, white wine, and cointreau and let them macerate overnight.  Stay tuned for a better recipe.

 

Happy New Year!