Cranberry Royale

Remind me sometime to tell you about the hogmany (New Year’s Eve) that I spent in Paris.  It was an amazing night spent partly on a roof top balcony in Montemarte and partly on the steps of the Paris Opera House.  I’d tell you about it tonight but I’m busy preparing food for a family get-together this weekend.  What I can tell you is that we started the night drinking kir royal (a mix of Crème de Cassis and sparkling white wine) in a tiny family run restaurant and ever since I’ve had a real soft spot for the cocktail. 

Tragedy struck the other evening when I finished my bottle of Crème de Cassis whilst marking Higher papers (thanks for the tip, Christina - it really did make the marking less painful!).  With Christmas presents and a ski trip to pay for, I was in no financial position to go buy more.  It was time for some experimentation.  The following cranberry syrup was the result. 

Mix a dribble of this syrup with some normal or sparkling wine to create a rather Christmassy cocktail!  :)

Cranberry Syrup

500g cranberries

300g caster sugar

150ml water

Zest of one lemon

  • Add all the ingredients to a pan and bring to the boil.
  • Mash the berries down so that all of their juice is released.
  • Turn off the heat and let the mixture cool slightly.
  • Pour through a fine sieve.
  • Bottle and cool.
  • Mix 1 part syrup with 5 parts sparkling wine for a Cranberry Royale.  ;)

9 thoughts on “Cranberry Royale

  1. Excellent improvising Wendy! I love creme de cassis but cranberry is a lovely festive twist.

    I hope none of your students are reading about your marking techniques :-)

  2. Fantastic idea! Cranberry’s so good for you that I almost feel it’s my duty to make these cocktails ; ) I remember your telling me a little about that night in Paris when I made Creme de Cassis earlier in the year, and I remember what you said all the time. It sounds like the most magical night – I even tried to get my husband over there for New Year’s this year! I must have had your story in the back of my mind.

  3. Sophie – Thought it might be prudent to keep this particular technique to myself!

    Patricia – You’re welcome!

    Rosa – That was my thinking too. :)

    Amanda – It was a magical night. Always makes me smile when I think about it!

    Lucy – Why, thank you. :) Will keep my promise.

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