His 'n' Hers

Crème de Cassis: We thought it would be fun to take a long forgotten, dusty bottle off the shelf and serve up two completely different cocktails, a his 'n' hers if you will.  The Mr. Beaumont is a take on a Manhattan, while the Kir Royal is a classic cocktail we wanted to revisit.   

Mr. Beaumont
1 1/2 oz bourbon
1 oz ginger/cinnamon infused vermouth (see below)
1/2 oz crème de cassis
Angostura bitters

Stir over ice and strain into chilled rocks glass.
Garnish with brandied cherry

Kir Royal
1/2 oz crème de cassis
Chilled sparkling wine

Serve in flute.
Garnish with lemon peel

Notes:  Ginger is a nice compliment to currants.  To make ginger/cinnamon infused vermouth, we followed a recipe from the Hungry Mother, published by Imbibe Magazine.  Combine 1 liter of sweet vermouth with 1 ounce of grated ginger and 2 sticks of cinnamon, broken into pieces.  Steep overnight, fine strain into a bottle and store in the refrigerator. 

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