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Made with Champagne and crème de cassis (a blackcurrant liqueur), a Kir Royale (or Kir Royal) is a fruity French cocktail great for sipping before dinner.

Two Kir Royale cocktails in champagne flutes on a metal tray.
Table of Contents
  1. Recipe ingredients
  2. Ingredient notes
  3. Step-by-step instructions
  4. Recipe tips and variations
  5. Kir Royal Recipe

Recipe ingredients

Labeled ingredients for Kir Royale.

Ingredient notes

  • Creme de cassis: a sweet liquor made with blackcurrants.
  • Champagne: Authentic Kir Royales must be made with French Champagne. If you substitute another dry sparkling wine such as Italian Prosecco or Spanish Cava, the drink is called a Kir Pétillant.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. To a chilled Champagne flute or wine glass, add 1 ounce creme de cassis. Top with champagne.
Mixing a Kir Royale in a fluted glass.
  1. Garnish and serve.
Two Kir Royale cocktails in champagne flutes on a metal tray.

Recipe tips and variations

  • Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  • Glassware: The Kir Royale cocktail is traditionally served in a fluted glass.
  • Big batch: To make a batch of 8 cocktails, combine 4 ounces (¼ cup) crème de cassis and 40 ounces (5 cups) dry sparkling wine in a pitcher. Have champagne flutes and garnishes on hand so guests can help themselves.
  • Kir: To make the original Kir cocktail, substitute chilled white wine for the dry sparkling wine.
  • Kir Imperiál: Substitute Chambord (a black raspberry liqueur) for the crème de cassis.
  • Kir Pétillant: Substitute another dry sparkling wine, such as Italian Prosecco or Spanish Cava, for the French Champagne.
  • Garnish: Fresh blackberries or a lemon slice are both common garnishes.
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Two Kir Royale cocktails in champagne flutes on a metal tray.

Kir Royal

Made with Champagne and crème de cassis (a blackcurrant liqueur), a Kir Royale (or Kir Royal) is a fruity French cocktail great for sipping before dinner.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Total Time 2 mins
Servings 1 serving
Course Breakfast, Drinks
Cuisine American
Calories 121

Ingredients 

  • 1/2 ounce creme de cassis (1 tablespoon, see note 1)
  • 5 ounces Champagne (¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons, see note 2)
  • 1 slice lemon or fresh blackberries, for garnish

Instructions 

  • To a chilled fluted glass, add 1 ounce creme de cassis. Top with Champagne and garnish.

Notes

  1. Creme de cassis: a sweet liquor made with blackcurrants.
  2. Champagne: Authentic Kir Royales must be made with French Champagne. If you substitute another dry sparkling wine such as Italian Prosecco or Spanish Cava, the drink is called a Kir Pétillant.
  3. Yield: This recipe makes 1 cocktail.
  4. Glassware: The Kir Royale cocktail is traditionally served in a fluted glass.
  5. Big batch: To make a batch of 8 cocktails, combine 4 ounces (¼ cup) crème de cassis and 40 ounces (5 cups) dry sparkling wine in a pitcher. Have champagne flutes and garnishes on hand so guests can help themselves.
  6. Garnish: Fresh blackberries or a lemon slice are both common garnishes.
  7. Kir: To make the original Kir cocktail, substitute chilled white wine for the dry sparkling wine.
  8. Kir Imperiál: Substitute Chambord (a black raspberry liqueur) for the crème de cassis.
  9. Kir Pétillant: Substitute another dry sparkling wine, such as Italian Prosecco or Spanish Cava, for the French Champagne.

Nutrition

Serving: 1cocktailCalories: 121kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 1gSodium: 8mgPotassium: 100mgSugar: 1gCalcium: 10mgIron: 1mg
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