How to make a perfect Kir Royale cocktail with champagne and Crème de Cassis. Jump to the Perfect Kir Royale Cocktail Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.
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How to Make the Best Kir Royale
A Kir Royale should not be very sweet. We use dry sparkling wine and let the Crème de Cassis sweeten the drink ever so slightly.
Look for a moderately priced Champagne or dry sparlking wine. We usually will spend $15 to $20. The most classic option is to use Champagne, but an American sparking wine can work in its place if you are having trouble finding something appropriate. A Cava from Spain or dry Prosecco from Italy are good options, as well.
Crème de Cassis is a liqueur made with blackcurrant. It is quite sweet, but really very delicious. We only add a little to each glass — 2 to 3 teaspoons will do it. Substitutes for Crème de Cassis are Crème de Framboise (raspberry), Chambord or even Crème de Pêche (peach).
To make a perfect Kir Royale, add the liqueur (Crème de Cassis) first then fill the glass with the Champagne or sparkling wine. This way, the drink mixes while you pour.
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Perfect Kir Royale Recipe
To make these best, chill the sparkling wine until very cold. Placing the flute glasses into the freezer a few minutes before making them isn’t a bad idea either.
You Will Need
3 to 4 tablespoons Crème de Cassis, Crème de Framboise or Chambord
1 (750 ml) bottle dry sparkling wine or Champagne, chilled
1/4 cup fresh raspberries, optional
Add 2 to 3 teaspoons Crème de Cassis to each flute. Drop in 3 to 4 raspberries. Fill each flute with sparkling wine. Serve immediately.