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A Simple Holiday Cocktail to Wow Your Guests

The holiday season is full of traditions, time spent with family and friends, and spreading joy and cheer.  Whether you’re hosting a dinner or simply attending a party as a guest, we have the perfect, yet simple, cocktail to serve to your loved ones.  Packed with smooth flavors and full of rich history, the infamous Kir Royale cocktail will be a people pleaser.

The History of Kir Royale

Originating from Burgundy, France, and named after its jovial creator and mayor of Dijon (the capital city of Burgundy, not the mustard), Canon Felix Kir invented the Kir Royale.  Research reveals that he was a fan of using local products, so he used the popular French blackcurrant liqueur ‘Crème de Cassis’ as the base to give the cocktail its color and sweetness.  The 19th century recipe has proven to be a celebratory cocktail, perfect for special occasions.

How to make a Kir Royale

Justin Razza, our Charleston Grill cocktail guru, gives us his expert tips on how to make the perfect Kir Royale.



Crème de Cassis, Recommended: Mathilde Cassis

½ Ounce

Champagne (chilled), Recommended: Chapuy Grand Cru Blanc de Blancs Brut

Fill flute to top


In a Champagne flute, first pour the crème de cassis and then top the glass off with Champagne.  Garnish with a sprig of rosemary for a festive look or a lemon peel for extra sweetness.

*Expert Tip: Switch out the Champagne with a chilled, dry white wine to create the original “Kir”.

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A Cornbread Recipe You Won’t Want to Miss

Hailing from Alabama, Charleston Grill’s Executive Chef, Michelle Weaver, learned the ABCs of Southern cooking from her mother, who taught her that food not only nurtures the body but also the soul.  Her refined and well-traveled palate is proven to be warm, inviting, and comforting.  With Thanksgiving merely days away, it’s difficult to decide what sides to prepare.  Skip the store-bought bread this year, and wow your guests with Chef Michelle Weaver’s savory cornbread recipe.  And, to pair perfectly with the warm, delicious bread we suggest you follow her herb-roasted turkey and gravy recipe.
Cornbread Recipe


All-purpose flour
1 cup

Stone-ground white cornmeal
3/4 cup

Baking powder
1 tbsp

Kosher salt
1 tsp


Sour scream
1/2 cup

Whole buttermilk
2/3 cup

Vegetable oil
1/4 cup



Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place a 10-inch cast-iron skillet inside to heat
Sift flour, cornmeal, baking powder, and salt together.  In a separate bowl, whisk eggs just enough to break them up.  Stir in sour cream, buttermilk, and oil.
Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients, and stir until just combined.  Do not over-mix.  Pour mixture into hot skillet
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean.  Cool on a wire rack.

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Cocktails to Spice Up Your Next Holiday Party

As the days get shorter and the temperature gets cooler, it’s safe to say that we’ve officially reached the holiday season.  It’s time to part ways with your go-to summer drinks, and welcome the warm tastes of apple, cranberry, and cinnamon.  Our resident Thoroughbred Club mixologist, Mouzon, has prepared the perfect recipes for holiday-inspired cocktails.  Indulge in these festive drinks in the comforts of your own home, or, cozy up next to the fireplace at the Thoroughbred Club and listen to the sounds of live music.


The Conductor
1.5oz Wild Turkey American Honey
1oz Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur
1oz Fresh Sour mix
1 round lemon slice, for garnish
Granulated sugar, for garnish
Rub a lemon slice along the rim of a martini glass, then dip the glass into a dish of sugar.  Combine all liquid ingredients in a shaker with ice.  Stir, then strain liquid into glass.  Garnish with lemon slice.

Cranberry Allspice Old Fashioned
2oz Barbancourt 15-year rhum
0.5oz allspice & brown sugar simple syrup
Dried cranberries and oranges muddled
1 orange peel, for garish and glass
Using a muddler or wooden spoon, muddle dried cranberries, orange, allspice, and brown sugar simple syrup against bottom and side of a glass. Fill glass with ice. Stir in rhum, cranberry juice, and splash of club soda (optional). Garnish with orange slice and cranberries.

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