Perfect Kir Royale

Learn how to make a perfect kir royale cocktail with champagne and crème de cassis. This simple French cocktail is pretty, delicious, and super simple!

Perfect Kir Royale

The kir royale is a lovely classic French Champagne cocktail. It’s light, a little bit sweet, pretty, and bubbly, and it’s also super simple to make!

To make a kir royale cocktail, you’ll add a little bit of crème de cassis to your champagne flute and then top with your champagne (or other sparkling wine). Garnish with a few raspberries, and enjoy!

How to Make the Best Kir Royale

Key Ingredients

  • Sparkling Wine: For my kir royale, I start with a chilled, dry sparkling wine, similar to what I use for mimosas. I choose one I enjoy, without breaking the bank ($25 to $40 is my sweet spot). Champagne, Cava (from Spain), American sparkling wine, or dry Prosecco (from Italy) all work well. Cava and Prosecco are usually the most affordable.
  • Crème de Cassis: I add a small splash of crème de cassis, a sweet and delicious blackcurrant liqueur. A little goes a long way! For a different flavor, substitute crème de framboise (raspberry), Chambord (black raspberry), or crème de pêche (peach).
  • Fresh Raspberries (Optional): I love adding a few fresh raspberries to my champagne flute for an extra touch.

For more champagne cocktails, see our St. Germain champagne cocktail, this champagne cosmopolitan, or classic mimosas! And while we don’t use champagne, I also love this bubbly aperol spritz (made with prosecco).

How to Make a Kir Royale

Perfect Kir Royale

  • PREP

To make the best kir royale, chill your sparkling wine very well. Placing the flute glasses into the freezer a few minutes before making them isn’t a bad idea either.

Makes 4 drinks

You Will Need

1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) crème de cassis, crème de framboise or Chambord, or more to taste

1 (750ml) bottle dry champagne or sparkling wine, chilled

1/4 cup fresh raspberries, optional


    1Add crème de cassis to each flute.

    2Drop in 3 to 4 raspberries.

    3Fill each flute with champagne. Serve immediately.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • The nutrition facts provided below are estimates.
Nutrition Per Serving Calories 196 / Protein 0 g / Carbohydrate 11 g / Dietary Fiber 0 g / Total Sugars 7 g / Total Fat 0 g / Saturated Fat 0 g / Cholesterol 0 mg
AUTHOR:  Adam and Joanne Gallagher
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2 comments… Leave a Review
  • J February 7, 2018, 7:12 am

    My Mom’s favorite. Now I love it.

  • Jessica October 25, 2011, 4:06 pm

    Oh my gosh! Marmalade is so dang cute!

    P.S. This sounds delicious!!


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