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Ostend Fizz Royale

Ostend Fizz Royale 1.000

James M. Thresher for The Washington Post

Spirits Dec 15, 2010

It's hard to say why this early-20th-century cocktail is named after the city in Belgium, considering it calls for an Alpine cherry brandy (kirsch or kirschwasser) and a black currant liqueur from Dijon, France.

In any case, this is far superior to the well-known kir royale, made with creme de cassis alone. The original calls for club soda, but this "royale" version calls for sparkling wine, preferably champagne or Cremant de Bourgogne. Though it's tempting to simply pour the spirits directly into the glass and stir, shaking creates a more appealing and less cloying drink.

Servings: 1
  • Ice
  • 1 ounce kirschwasser
  • 1 ounce creme de cassis
  • Chilled sparkling wine


Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add the kirschwasser and creme de cassis; shake well, then strain into an ice-filled highball or Collins glass.

Top with about 3 ounces of sparkling wine, or as needed.

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From Spirits columnist Jason Wilson.

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving: 230

% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 0g 0%

Saturated Fat: 0g 0%

Cholesterol: 10mg 3%

Sodium: 0mg 0%

Total Carbohydrates: 12g 4%

Dietary Fiber: 0g 0%

Sugar: 12g

Protein: 0g

*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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