A bubbly cocktail with only two ingredients, this Kir Royale recipe is slightly fruity and oh so refreshing. Champagne cocktails (like the French 75) are always sophisticated in my book, and this classic french recipe is no exception. Made up of champagne and blackcurrant liqueur, the outcome is a simple and delightful indulgence that is festive for any season or occasion.
The combination of berries and bubbles balance each other beautifully in this french cocktail. Making cocktails at home doesn’t get much simpler than two ingredients and a classic pour and enjoy, like this Kir Royale. The key is quality ingredients and the correct ratio of each.
What is in a Kir Royale
A Kir Royale has only two ingredients: champagne and blackcurrant liqueur. We recommend using a good quality chilled champagne since there is no ice or shaking with ice to chill the ingredients before serving. In place of champagne, you can also use Prosecco. More info on the two and their differences below. While the cocktail is traditionally made with Crème de cassis, other berry liqueurs will be good substitutes. See below for more information.
How to Make a Kir Royale
- Pour the Crème de cassis into a glass. Adding this first will ensure that the ingredients will mix properly naturally.
- Top with the champagne. Keep your bottle of champagne chilled and open just prior to preparing the cocktail.
- Garnish and enjoy.
Time Saving Tip
Although this drink comes together quickly, to save time when hosting or making Kir Royales for a crowd line up your champagne flutes and add Crème de cassis to each glass. Top with champagne just prior to serving.
Crème de mure or Chambord
While Crème de cassis is the primary liqueuer in a Kir Royale, you can also use other berry liqueuers such as Crème de Mure or Chambord. While they are not the same thing, either would be delicious in this recipe.
- Crème de mure is a liqueur made from blackberries. It is also featured in the Bramble.
- Chambord is a black raspberry liqueur. A key ingredient in the French Martini.
Garnish your festive Kir Royale with fresh or frozen berries such as raspberries and blackberries.
Champagne can be enjoyed alone or mixed with many different things as it is very versatile. Some of the most common partners are orange juice in a Mimosa or many different alcohols such as vodka, gin, bourbon, or brandy.
Champagne and Prosecco are both sparkling white wines. The difference between them is the type of grapes used to make each spirit. Prosecco can be slightly sweeter and less expensive than champagne. While this recipe calls for Champagne, Prosecco or any sparkling wine will work. The most important thing is to find a brand that you enjoy drinking on its own.
Champagne is a sparkling wine made from grapes from the Champagne region of France. While all champagne is sparkling wine, not all sparkling wine is champagne.
- 6 ounces Champagne or Prosecco
- 1 ounce Crème de cassis
- Pour the Crème de cassis into a glass.
- Top with the champagne.
- Garnish and enjoy.