Welcome to my first official Cocktails & Clothes post! First things first, let’s talk about this dress. I don’t usually go for florals, but I love how dark and moody this print is. In fact, this dress has a lot of things that you won’t see anywhere else in my closet, ruffles, weird arm bits, it should be a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happened. But, it’s not. It's great and swishy, and I totally forget that I’m covered in ruffles and flowers when I’m wearing it. Another huge bonus, this flowing floral dress is from one of my favorite sustainable brands Reformation. Paired with some strappy blush velvet sandals this is the perfect outfit to wear to a summer wedding (are people still doing those) or just lounging around your living room with a cocktail, staying home in style.
This fantastic dress calls for an equally decadent cocktail. And what’s more decadent than opening a bottle of champagne just for yourself, in the middle of day when you're trapped in your house by a raging virus while you slowly lose your mind? It's so romantic... If there was a way you could make a glass of champagne any fancier it would be a Kir Royale. Traditionally made with Creme de Cassis, I have always made mine with Chambord for reasons unknown or forgotten. The Blanc de Blanc that I used is one of my favorite Champagnes (I know this is technically a sparkling wine, just give it to me) and the crisp, dry flavor is perfect in a Kir Royale. So put on a fancy dress, pop some bubbly, and let the kids watch tv for the rest of the afternoon, I highly recommend it. Keep scrolling for the specs!
Kir Royale (adapted from The Cocktail Codex)
1/2 oz. Chambord
5 1/2 oz. Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc
Garnish with Lemon twist
Pour Chambord into a champagne glass and fill with chilled dry champagne or sparkling wine. Add lemon twist to the glass.