Kir Royale Cocktail


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Fruity and fizzy Kir Royale is a classy cocktail that’s delicious and guaranteed to make your guests feel extra special.

Crème de cassis or Chambord is added to sparkling wine to give a pretty pink hue and flavors of raspberries or currants.

Two Kir Royale cocktails garnished with raspberries.

What is a Kir Royale?

Kir Royal is a tasty French aperitif made with berry flavored liquor. The classic recipe calls for crème de cassis, a black currant liquor. A superb (though pricier!) variation uses Chambord, a delectable raspberry-based liquor that offers this drink more depth and complexity. You can make your own version of this cocktail based on whatever berry liquer you have on hand.

According to winemag.com, one version of the drink’s origin holds that it was named for Feliz Kir, a mayor of Dijon, France in the early 1900s.

Left image- Kir Royale ingredients. Right Image - Ingredients being poured into chilled champagne flutes.

How to Make Kir Royale Cocktails

Nothing could be easier than two-ingredient Kir Royale:

  1. Pour an ounce of crème de cassis into chilled champagne flutes
  2. Top with a dry, white sparkling wine.
  3. Garnish with a twist of lemon or fresh raspberries and enjoy!

To help the bubbles last, make sure everything is icy cold, and chill the champagne flutes too. You can also use sparkling red or rose if you prefer.

How to Make it For a Crowd

Want to serve Kir Royale to a crowd for a toast?

Make sure the champagne and liquor are well chilled in advance to prevent it from going flat too soon. Mix in carafes in proportions 1 part liquor to 5 parts champagne and serve immediately.

Other Delicious Additions

Mixed drinks of any kind always invite creativity, and the same is true for Kir Royale. Here are some variations to try:

  • Calvados (Apple Brandy) instead of crème de cassis.
  • Use still wine instead of sparkling.
  • Peach liquor
  • For a non-alcoholic version, use non-alcoholic berry syrup or maraschino cherry juice for flavor and color and use clear soda or a club soda.

Every celebration is bubbly and bright with a glass of Kir Royale (or a French 75)! Both made with prosecco, they are bubbly, fizzy cocktails that everyone loves! If bubbles aren’t your thing, try this Classic Martini!

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Kir Royale

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 cocktail
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Beverage
Cuisine French
Fruity and fizzy Kir Royale is a classy cocktail that’s delicious and guaranteed to make your guests feel extra special.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz chambord or crème de cassis
  • 5 oz prosecco or sparkling wine
  • lemon twist or raspberries

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Instructions

  • Pour chambord into a wine flute.
  • Top with prosecco or sparkling wine.
  • Garnish and serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 157, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Sodium: 12mg, Potassium: 125mg, Sugar: 11g, Calcium: 13mg, Iron: 1mg
Keyword kir royale
Two Kir Royale cocktails garnished with raspberries.
Two Kir Royale cocktails garnished with raspberries.
Top photo - Two Kir Royale cocktails garnished with raspberries. Bottom photo - Ingredients for Kir Royale being poured into chilled champagne flutes.

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