A Kir Royale cocktail is perfect for any celebration – from New Year’s Eve to Valentines Day or even a proposal – because of its gorgeous color and sparkling personality.
If you’ve never had a Kir Royale, you’re in for a treat. This French sparkling Champagne cocktail has crème de cassis as one of it’s main ingredients. crème de cassis is a black current liqueur that adds the beautiful red color to this drink.
A Kir Royale is topped up with Champagne, making it a rather dashing and decadent cocktail.
This cocktail actually has a sister, that’s just called a Kir. In a Kir cocktail, white wine is used as the mixer, rather than Champagne. We love both of these cocktails.
For a fun red themed dessert serve this Red Velvet Mug Cake.
Better yet, you can easily serve this cocktail at a party in both of its forms. Let the guests decide if they’d rather have wine or Champagne in their cocktail.
As a garnish, we use raspberries, but you can garnish with black currants, blackberries or whatever you fancy.
What Champagne to Use
For this cocktail, any Champagne will do, but we recommend using a Brut or dry Champagne. It doesn’t have to be the most expensive bottle.
If you’d rather go a little less expensive with the wine, choose a dry sparkling wine from another region of the world. Prosecco, Cava or Cremant will also work.
Looking for other great champagne cocktails to try? Try this French 75 Champagne Cocktail or these Valentine’s Day Champagne Cocktails. For something a little different you might also like to try an Aperol Spritz: Italy’s Famous Cocktail.
How to Make a Kir Royale
This cocktail could not be easier to make. Start out with cold ingredients to make sure the cocktail stays chilled longer.
Pour the creme de cassis into a flute. Top with the sparking wine. It will mix naturally as you pour, so there’s no need to stir. If you do stir it, do so gently with a cocktail stick to not upset the bubbles. Then garnish with the berries. It’s as simple as that!
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This Kir Royale mixes sweet black currant liqueur with Champagne for a sparkling delight.
- .5 oz crème de cassis
- 3 oz Champagne or sparking wine
- Pour the crème de cassis into a Champagne flute
- Pour the chilled Champagne over the top to fill the glass.
- Garnish with berries.
You can use any dry Champagne or sparkling wine. Prosecco, Cava or other sparkling is also fine.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 5mgCarbohydrates: 11gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 0g
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Laura is the founder and editor of the travel blogs Savored Sips and Savored Journeys. She is dedicated to sharing the best information about drinks found around the world.