| Sheila Howell
Whether a simple glass of wine, a delightful coupe or a more elaborate mixed drink, l'apero is the traditional French custom to transition from day to evening.
After a hard day scouring the countryside for antiques, I look forward to hearing from my waiter, Désirez-vous un apéritif?
Oui! Bien sûr! Depending on where I am, I may order a local wine or aperitif such as pastis, Suze or Lillet. More often, I celebrate the day's finds with a kir. Named after Félix Kir, the mayor of Dijon in the 1940s who popularized a locally well-known wartime drink in which a splash of Dijon's crème de cassis, a syrupy Burgundy black currant liqueur, was used to cover up the taste of inferior wartime white wine.
Kir - or kir royale - is a lovely drink to serve to guests in your home. Requiring only 2 ingredients, I find it extra special when served in vintage champagne or wine glasses. You can use your finest French champagne, or substitute a dry sparkling wine, Cava from Spain or Prosecco from Italy. If you are serving a classic kir, use a dry white wine.
- 3 oz white wine
- 1/3 oz crème de cassis
Early 19th Century Marble Top Oval Side Table set for l'heure de l'apéritif.
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