Celebrate Spring Racing with The Classic Kir Royale - InterContinental Melbourne The Rialto

Celebrate Spring Racing with The Classic Kir Royale

Worldly Classics - Kir Royale

Celebrate Spring Racing with Kir Royale in hand here or at home.

As the world’s first international luxury hotel brand, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts has been pioneering travel across the globe for seven decades. Our bars and lounges are a gateway to our distinctive style and culinary spirit and have served as a backdrop for some of the most iconic and celebrated moments in time.

Melbourne’s Spring Carnival is one of those moments in time that makes us feel like donning our finest attire and celebrating with delicious cocktails. With this in mind our bartenders have added a special cocktail to their worldly classics menu that is available in Market Lane Bar and Bluestone Bar. This cocktail is the Kir Royal. It is available from the 15 October to 6 November 2016 in the hotel.

Of course if you don’t happen to be in Melbourne you can make it at home using this simple recipe from our InterContinental Worldly Classics mixologist Nick Braun.

Recipe – served 1


100ml Mumm Champagne

15ml Crème De Cassis


Pour Cassis

Float champagne

Additional Notes

Depending on strength of Cassis, adjust accordingly (If the Cassis is very strong, use very little).

If you want to have a wine derivation, make a Kir by simply replacing the Champagne with dry white wine.

The Story of the Kir Royale

Created in the 1940s and named for Felix Kir, Mayor of Dijon, France in the mid-20th century and proponent of local products, the Kir Royale (and winebased sibling,the Kir) were an effective means to promote local crème de cassis and white wine in the aftermath of World War II. While the combination of wine and crème de cassis was known prior to Kirs involvement, it has been suggested that the combination was strongly endorsed as a means to cover the lacklustre wine produced in the region in a less than stellar period for local vineyards.


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