Kir Royale Gelée with Blackberries

A classic cocktail—dessertified! And, yes, it tastes as good as it looks.
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kir royale gelee with blackberries

Recipe by Janet Taylor McCracken

Start to Finish: 30 minutes (plus 3 hours for chilling)

Servings: Makes 4 cocktails

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup blackberry or black raspberry jelly

  • 1 tbsp. blackberry liqueur or crème de cassis (black currant liqueur)

  • 2 1/2 cups prosecco

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 1 tbsp. unflavored gelatin (from two 1/4-oz. packets)

  • 24 fresh blackberries (about one 6-oz. container)

  • Sweetened whipped cream, for topping

Preparation

1. In a small saucepan, stir the jelly over medium heat just until melted. Off heat, whisk in the liqueur. Divide among 4 coupe glasses or 4 small wide bowls and refrigerate until the jelly is firm, about 30 minutes.

2. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup prosecco just to a simmer over medium heat. In a medium bowl, whisk the sugar and gelatin. Whisk into the hot prosecco. Whisk constantly until the sugar and gelatin completely dissolve, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat. Gently stir in the remaining 1 1/2 cups prosecco (it will fizz up) and pour 1/2 cup into a small bowl. Add 12 blackberries to the bowl and toss until coated. Pour the remaining prosecco over the jelly in the coupe glasses. Add 3 fresh berries to each glass. Refrigerate until set, about 3 hours.

3. Refrigerate the blackberries in the small bowl, tossing often, until the berries are glossy and the gelatin begins to set, about 30 minutes. Transfer the glossy berries to a plate and keep refrigerated.

4. Top each serving with a large dollop of whipped cream and the glossy blackberries.