Kir Royale Cocktail Drink

Kir Royale

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If you want a fancy drink without the fuss, our Kir Royale recipe is the way to go. Just two ingredients make this cocktail a breeze to whip up.

Best Kir Royale Recipe

Sip and unwind with our Kir Royale recipe! You're in for a real treat with just Champagne and Crème de Cassis.

Prep time:

1 minute

Mixing time:

1 minute

Servings:

1

Calories:

142.3 kl

Ingredients

  • 5 oz Champagne, chilled
  • 1 oz Crème de Cassis
  • Lemon twist or fresh berries

Equipment

  • Champagne Flute
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Chill your Champagne flute in the freezer for a few hours.
  • Add Crème de Cassis: Pour 1 oz Crème de Cassis into the chilled flute.
  • Pour Champagne: Carefully pour 5 oz Champagne over the Crème de Cassis.
  • Garnish (Optional): Add a lemon twist or fresh berries to the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Champagne: I've used Prosecco and Cava when I didn't have Champagne. Both work well, though they slightly alter the drink's character.
  • Crème de Cassis: Blackcurrant syrup or Chambord can work if you can't find Crème de Cassis. The flavor profile will change, but you'll still get that berry essence.

Making a Pitcher of Kir Royale:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, you'll need 40 oz of Champagne and 8 oz of Crème de Cassis.
  • Mix: Combine the Champagne and Crème de Cassis in a large pitcher. Stir gently.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into chilled Champagne flutes, garnish with a lemon twist or fresh berries, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Champagne Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic sparkling wine or club soda for the fizz.
  • Crème de Cassis Substitute: Opt for a blackcurrant-flavored syrup.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes and follow the original steps.

Making it Vegan:

  • Champagne: Ensure the Champagne or sparkling wine you're using is vegan. Some brands use animal products in the fining process.
  • Crème de Cassis: Most Crème de Cassis brands are vegan, but it's always good to check the label to be sure.

Nutrition Facts

Calories
142.3
% Daily Value*
Sodium
 
10.5
mg
0
%
Carbohydrates
 
12
g
4
%
Sugar
 
12
g
13
%
Potassium
 
125.5
mg
4
%
Protein
 
0.1
g
0
%
Calcium
 
13
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%

 

Kir Royale Cocktail Drink

Best Kir Royale Recipe

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Sip and unwind with our Kir Royale recipe! You're in for a real treat with just Champagne and Crème de Cassis.
Prep time: 1 minute
Mixing time: 1 minute
Servings: 1
Calories: 142.3

Ingredients
 

  • 5 oz Champagne - chilled
  • 1 oz Crème de Cassis
  • Lemon twist or fresh berries

Equipment

  • Champagne Flute
  • Measuring Jigger

Instructions

  • Chill Glass: Chill your Champagne flute in the freezer for a few hours.
  • Add Crème de Cassis: Pour 1 oz Crème de Cassis into the chilled flute.
  • Pour Champagne: Carefully pour 5 oz Champagne over the Crème de Cassis.
  • Garnish (Optional): Add a lemon twist or fresh berries to the glass for garnish.

Notes

Substitutes:

  • Champagne: I've used Prosecco and Cava when I didn't have Champagne. Both work well, though they slightly alter the drink's character.
  • Crème de Cassis: Blackcurrant syrup or Chambord can work if you can't find Crème de Cassis. The flavor profile will change, but you'll still get that berry essence.

Making a Pitcher of Kir Royale:

  • Scale: To make a pitcher that serves 8, you'll need 40 oz of Champagne and 8 oz of Crème de Cassis.
  • Mix: Combine the Champagne and Crème de Cassis in a large pitcher. Stir gently.
  • Serve: Pour the mixture into chilled Champagne flutes, garnish with a lemon twist or fresh berries, and serve immediately.

Making it Non-Alcoholic:

  • Champagne Substitute: Use a non-alcoholic sparkling wine or club soda for the fizz.
  • Crème de Cassis Substitute: Opt for a blackcurrant-flavored syrup.
  • Proceed As Usual: Use these non-alcoholic substitutes and follow the original steps.

Making it Vegan:

  • Champagne: Ensure the Champagne or sparkling wine you're using is vegan. Some brands use animal products in the fining process.
  • Crème de Cassis: Most Crème de Cassis brands are vegan, but it's always good to check the label to be sure.

What is a Kir Royale Cocktail?

A Kir Royale is a cocktail that combines Champagne and Crème de Cassis. This drink originates in French culture and is often associated with celebrations and special occasions. The name “Kir Royale” elevates the classic Kir cocktail by swapping out white wine for Champagne.

A side shot of a Kir Royal cocktail in a champagne flute on a white marmol table surrounded by berries and a shaker and a jigger on the background

What is it made of – The Ingredients

The recipe for a Kir Royale includes these ingredients:

  • Champagne: Provides the effervescence and complexity that make the cocktail celebratory.
  • Crème de Cassis: Adds a berry sweetness that balances the dryness of the Champagne.
  • Lemon twist or fresh berries: Optional garnish that enhances the visual appeal and adds a subtle aromatic layer.

Champagne and Crème de Cassis laid out on a white bar table

How to make a Kir Royale

Our step-by-step guide takes you through the process of making it:

1
<p>Grab a chilled Champagne flute and pour 1 oz of Crème de Cassis into the bottom of the flute.</p>

Grab a chilled Champagne flute and pour 1 oz of Crème de Cassis into the bottom of the flute.

2
<p>Carefully pour 5 oz of chilled Champagne over the Crème de Cassis in the glass.</p>

Carefully pour 5 oz of chilled Champagne over the Crème de Cassis in the glass.

3
<p>As an optional garnish, add a lemon twist or fresh berries to the glass. Enjoy your drink!</p>

As an optional garnish, add a lemon twist or fresh berries to the glass. Enjoy your drink!

Kir Royale with Prosecco or Champagne?

Both options have their merits when choosing between Champagne and Prosecco for your Kir Royale. Traditionally from the Champagne region of France, Champagne offers complexity and a range of flavors that can elevate your cocktail. Brands like Veuve Clicquot and Dom Pérignon are top-tier choices that bring a luxurious touch. On the other hand, Prosecco, hailing from Italy, is generally fruitier and lighter. La Marca and Mionetto are well-known Prosecco brands that work well. While both options can make a delicious cocktail, if you aim for the classic experience, go for a dry Champagne like Brut from Moët & Chandon. It offers the right balance of dryness and effervescence to complement the sweetness of the Crème de Cassis.

What is the difference between a Kir and a Kir Royale?

The primary difference is the alcohol used for the base. Kir uses white wine, typically Aligoté, while Kir Royale opts for Champagne. This base alcohol choice gives Kir Royale a more effervescent and luxurious character, making it a popular choice for celebrations and special occasions. Both drinks use Crème de Cassis for flavor, but the Champagne in Kir Royale elevates it to a more festive level. In terms of serving glass, you’ll typically find Kir in a wine glass, whereas a Kir Royale is traditionally served in a Champagne flute.

Chambord or Crème de Cassis?

The traditional choice is Crème de Cassis, a blackcurrant liqueur. Brands like Lejay and Gabriel Boudier offer high-quality options that bring a rich, berry sweetness to the drink. On the other hand, Chambord, a raspberry liqueur, is a popular alternative. It’s a French liqueur with blackberries, black raspberries, and blackcurrants in its flavor profile. While Chambord adds a different berry nuance, it’s lighter and less sweet than Crème de Cassis.

Kir Royale Price

The price tag can swing from budget-friendly to lavish, depending on your bubbly choice. High-end Champagnes can set you back a couple hundred dollars, but you don’t need to splurge to enjoy this classic. Brands like Moët & Chandon or Veuve Clicquot offer a solid middle ground, usually priced between $40 and $60. If you want to keep costs down, consider using Prosecco or Cava. These sparkling wines offer a cost-effective alternative, often priced around $15 to $20 a bottle. Crème de Cassis is usually not a budget-buster, with most bottles ranging from $15 to $30.

A Kir Royal cocktail, shot from above, in a champagne flute on a white marmol table surrounded by berries.

More Variations you may also like

Looking for more variations? Here are a few of our favorites

  • Kir Imperial: This mix replaces Crème de Cassis with raspberry liqueur like Chambord, adding a delightful raspberry twist. The raspberry flavor brings a bright and fruity touch. I really enjoy the raspberry flavor; it’s playful and adds a sophisticated charm.
  • Kir Pétillant: Here, you use sparkling wine instead of Champagne for a more budget-friendly yet bubbly experience. The sparkling wine keeps it light and festive, ideal for celebrating without spending too much.
  • Kir Normand: This version uses apple cider instead of Champagne, giving it a rustic, autumn feel. The apple cider adds a homey and earthy quality, perfect for cozy evenings and capturing the essence of fall.
  • Kir Breton: Breton cider adds a unique French regional flair in this mix. The Breton cider introduces a taste that reflects the heritage of its French origins.
  • Kir Cardinal: Red wine replaces Champagne, creating a deeper and more robust flavor. The red wine adds a rich and hearty taste, making it more substantial and satisfying.
  • Kir Spumante: Prosecco takes Champagne’s place, offering a lighter and fruitier bubble. Prosecco’s light and fruity character makes it refreshing and lively, great for summer gatherings or lighter moments.
  • Kir Pêche: Peach liqueur comes in instead of Crème de Cassis, adding a summery stone fruit twist. The peach liqueur gives a sweet and sunny flavor. I really like the juicy sweetness of the peach; it brings back memories of sunny days and adds a delightful lightness.
  • Kir Beer: Light beer steps in for Champagne, making for a more relaxed and easy-going experience. This choice brings a unique and approachable vibe, perfect for casual settings or less formal occasions.

More Champagne Cocktails we enjoy:

A side shot of a Kir Royal cocktail in a champagne flute on a white marmol table with a shaker and a jigger on the background

History and Origins

The Kir Royale cocktail has its roots in French culture and is a luxurious spin on the classic Kir cocktail. The original Kir cocktail dates back to World War II and was named after Félix Kir, the mayor of Dijon in Burgundy, France. Mayor Kir popularized the drink, which originally combined local Aligoté white wine with Crème de Cassis, to promote regional products when traditional French wines were scarce.

 

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FAQ

How many calories are in a Kir Royale?
It contains around 150-160 calories, depending on the brands of Champagne and Crème de Cassis used.
How strong is a Kir Royale?
The strength varies based on the Champagne, but generally, a Kir Royale has an ABV of around 12-15% and a proof of 24-30.
What alcohol is used in a Kir Royale?
Champagne and Crème de Cassis are the two alcoholic ingredients.
In which glass is a Kir Royale served?
It's is traditionally served in a Champagne flute.
What does a Kir Royale taste like?
The Kir Royale offers a balanced flavor profile of dry, effervescent Champagne and sweet, berry-like Crème de Cassis.
What is the ratio of ingredients in a Kir Royale?
The typical ratio is 5 oz of Champagne to 1 oz of Crème de Cassis.
Is a Kir Royale a good celebratory drink?
The Kir Royale is often associated with celebrations like weddings and anniversaries.
Can I use Prosecco instead of Champagne?
Yes, Prosecco can be used, but it will slightly alter the drink's character.
Do I need to shake the ingredients?
No, a gentle stir is sufficient to mix the Champagne and Crème de Cassis.
Can I use a different garnish instead of a lemon twist?
Indeed, fresh berries are also a popular garnish choice.
Can I use a different type of fruit liqueur?
Yes, but that would make it another drink altogether.
Is a Kir Royale considered a classic cocktail?
It's a classic cocktail with roots dating back to mid-20th-century France.

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