Charming Chambord

It was on my honeymoon that I first discovered the joy of a Kir Royal (Champagne, topped off with a dash of blackcurrant liqueur Creme de Cassis. With a strawberry thrown in for good measure.)

We were sat in the sunshine, outside a little café in Cannes, when my new husband suggested I give one a whirl.

It was love at first sip.Kir Royal Katy PearsonSince then (this was 2010) I have been all in favour of liqueurs that liven up a glass of Champagne (or Prosecco.)  So I’m not quite sure why it has taken me so long to get round to Chambord French Black Raspberry Liqueur.

But I’m glad I’ve finally gotten there. This little liqueur (Chambord 20cl, RRP £7) is now permanently stashed in my fridge.  And here are some of the combos that I’ve been indulging in, since its arrival… Enjoy!

Chambord RoyaleChambord Royale
• 10ml Chambord French Black Raspberry Liqueur
• Champagne or Sparkling wine
Method: Simply pour 10ml Chambord into a flute glass and top with champagne. Garnish with a raspberry

French MartiniChambord French Martini
• 10ml Chambord French Black Raspberry Liqueur
• 40ml vodka
• 50ml pineapple juice
Method:  Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with a lemon twist (small confession – I have no idea how one does a lemon twist! Looks good though, doesn’t it?)

Chambord BlushChambord Blush
• 25ml Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur
• 25ml Finlandia Grapefruit
• 20ml lemon juice
• 5 raspberries
Method:  Muddle raspberries then add in all other ingredients and pour into a highball glass over crushed ice. Garnish with a lime wedge and two raspberries

Chambord 20cl is available nationwide from all major supermarkets and specialist drinks retailers.

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