Enter scene, the Kir Royale, that classic French concoction or my go-to cocktail. It’s a sophisticated drink which makes for a perfect aperitif and is simple enough to make with your eyes closed.

Here are a few of my rules to the great French classic.


Firstly, whether you plan to enjoy alone or with company, a crystal-clear glass is your first step to success. To polish your flute-shaped glass, the ideal shape for this drink, dip the rim into boiling hot water and dry with a clean cloth to get rid of any water marks. This is a must.


Afterwards, we’re on the downhill run. You’ll need a bottle of Crème de Cassis – a sweet, beautiful deep red liqueur made from blackcurrants – and a good bottle of bubbly. Something like the Georg Jensen Hallmark Cuvée by Heemskerk down in Tasmania would be a great sparkling to use, and its re-sealable closure makes a super elegant addition to anyone’s bar set. For someone like me who likes to unwind slowly, it’s the perfect way to enjoy a bottle of sparkling over time.


Pour up to one teaspoon of the Crème de Cassis into your polished flute glass, and top with your crisp sparkling wine to three quarters full. Enjoy once the bubbles have settled, with your favourite book or in good company.


/ Pictured above wearing pants by Local People Denim, Mahiout moleskin work jacket, Uniqlo heattech turtleneck, and Nigel Cabourn Woman Authentic B7 sheepskin coat. / Shot at the Shiki Residences, Niseko, Japan for Vogue Australia /

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