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Kir Royale

For many people, a glass of wine signals that it’s time to wind down after a long day. It’s a relaxing and soothing drink popular all over the world, but did you know that you can create a great variety of cocktails using wine? No matter what the occasion is, a beverage based on sparkling wine or Champagne can never miss the mark. Today, we’ll explore how to make a Kir Royale, a simple yet delicious beverage with sparkling wine and crème de cassis.


History of the Kir Royale

The cocktail is based on the Kir, a French drink from the 19th century, and features dry white Burgundian wine and crème de cassis. Its popularity peaked in World War II, and the name refers to the priest Canon Félix Kir, who was a French war hero. Today, there are several different wine cocktails based on it, such as the Kir Imperiale, which is made with sparkling wine and raspberry liqueur, and the Kir Royale.


The latter recipe was a major success in Burgundy because the sweet liqueur pairs so well with the dry, acidic taste of the local wines. Over time, the drink spread to other areas of France and the world. Today, it is available as an apéritif in many different restaurants and bars.



While you can mix a Kir with other types of sparkling wine, the original Royale recipe requires Champagne and is usually used for special occasions or celebrations. The wine mixes well with the crème de cassis to create a superb and slightly fruity cocktail. To stay true to tradition, mix a little bit of liqueur with a lot of wine to achieve the iconic pale blush color.


You can also experiment with the amount of crème de cassis you add and thereby alter the sweetness and alcohol content of your drink. This dark red liqueur has been around since 1841 and also stems from Burgundy, France. It is made of blackcurrants and therefore quite sweet, and it has an alcohol content of around 25%. Some of the best brands include Lejay, Gabriel Boudier and L’Heritier-Guyot.


Optimal Ingredients

To create a delicious Kir Royale, only three ingredients are required. Stick to high-quality Champagne and liquor brands to make sure you get the best results possible.

  • 0.5 ounce of crème de cassis
  • Your favorite Champagne
  • Fresh raspberries


How to Make a Kir Royale

Another reason why this cocktail is so popular is that it is extremely easy to make and only requires two basic ingredients and a few raspberries as garnish. Follow these three simple steps to create your perfect Kir Royale, mixed right in the Champagne flute you will be drinking from. Before you start, don’t forget to chill your glass.

  1. Pour the crème de cassis into your glass
  2. Add the Champagne
  3. Drop in 2-3 raspberries


Whether you’re celebrating at home with your family or hosting a large gathering, a Kir Royale is the perfect apéritif, combining the sweet taste of cassis with the acidic tang of high-quality Champagne. Your guests are sure to enjoy both the appealing color and the refreshing taste of this iconic drink.

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