A Kir Royale is the perfect way to add a touch of luxury to any occasion. Made with Champagne and crème de cassis, this classic French cocktail is sophisticated and delicious. Whether you’re celebrating a special moment or simply enjoying a night in, a Kir Royale is always a good idea.
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We love cocktails, pass us a sidecar or vodka martini, and we’re happy, but sometimes you need something extra special – cue our kir royale!
Why you’ll love this champagne cocktail recipe
- It’s so simple and can be made in 2 minutes!
- A perfect party cocktail for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.
- You can substitute the ingredients with our different variations.
- Makes an occasion, feel special and is a real crowd pleaser.
Kir royale ingredients you’ll need
You’ll need all the ingredients shown in the photograph below, but our tips for substituting further down.
Nothing says ‘celebration’ better than champagne cocktails, and this one is extra special!
How to make a kir royale cocktail with step by step instructions
It’s easy to make our kir royale cocktail if you follow our simple instructions.
A full printable recipe and the measurements in both US customary and metric are available in the recipe card below.
In a chilled champagne flute, add creme de cassis, then top up with champagne.
Serve immediately, enjoy, and cheers!
We hope you enjoy making and drinking our kir royale cocktail and would love to hear how you got on with making it.
Please leave a comment below and feel free to ask any questions you may have.
Notes and expert tips
- Sub out the crème de cassis
You could use Chambord and make a kir impérial, which is a French black raspberry liqueur, it’ll alter the taste but still be delicious, in fact, you could substitute it with many berry liqueurs.
Use champagne, sparkling wine, cava, or prosecco.
Kir royale does not store well, so drink it before the bubbles go flat.
How to store kir royale
Kir royale doesn’t store well, if it’s left for too long then the champagne or sparkling wine will go flat.
The best thing to do with this cocktail is to drink it straight away.
Kir royale variations
A kir is a French cocktail made with white wine and crème de cassis (a blackcurrant liqueur).
There are many variations of this drink, but the most popular ones are the kir royale (made with champagne or sparkling wine) and the kir Normand (made with cider).
If you’re looking for something a little different, try the kir framboise (made with crème de framboise, raspberry liqueur) or the kir pêche (made with crème de pêche, peach liqueur).
Or, if you really want to switch things up, go for the kir royal framboise – a delicious mix of champagne and raspberry liqueur.
Can I make champagne cocktails ahead?
No, you can’t.
If you pour the champagne and leave it, then it will go flat.
You want lots of bubbles in your kir royale, a flat one just doesn’t cut the grade.
And seeing that our kir royale only takes 2 minutes to make (if that) then there’s no reason to make it ahead.
Do I have to use champagne?
Although it’s traditionally made with champagne, you could substitute the champagne with sparkling wine, cava, or prosecco.
What is crème de cassis?
Creme de cassis is a French blackcurrant liqueur. It is deep purple in color and has a sweet, fruity flavor.
More easy cocktail recipes for you to make at home
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Aviation cocktail – this stunning cocktail is so good and SO easy to make!
Cosmopolitan – striking, refreshing, and the perfect party cocktail!
Manhattan – the classic cocktail that never goes out of fashion.
Dirty martini – ditch bar prices and make this party cocktail at home!
Kir royale: Champagne cocktail
- ½ oz Creme de cassis
- 5 oz Dry champagne chilled
- Blackberry to garnish
- Add creme de cassis to a champagne flute, then, tilting the flute, pour in champagne, and garnish with a fresh blackberry. Serve immediately and enjoy!½ oz Creme de cassis, 5 oz Dry champagne, Blackberry
You could use Chambord and make a kir impérial, which is a French black raspberry liqueur, it’ll alter the taste but still be delicious, in fact, you could substitute it with many berry liqueurs Bubbles
Use champagne, sparkling wine, cava, or prosecco Storage
Kir royale does not store well, so drink it before the bubbles go flat
Please note that nutrient values are estimates only. Variations can occur due to product availability and manner of food preparation. Nutrition may vary based on methods of origin, preparation, freshness of ingredients, and other factors.
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