Kir Royale

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A Kir Royale is an elegant cocktail made from Champagne and crème de cassis.

Tall stemmed glasses of kir royale.

Photo by Alexandra Grablewski (Chronicle Books, 2018)

One of the first things I did after I landed in Paris as a college exchange student was enjoy a Kir Royale with friends at a sidewalk café in the bustling Latin Quarter. I was tipsy by lunchtime, and instantly head-over-heels in love with Paris. A Kir Royale is a swanky apertif made from Champagne and crème de cassis, a viscous black currant liqueur. (When the drink is made from still wine instead of Champagne, it’s simply called a Kir.) For a bit of fun, I like to top the drinks with fresh raspberries, which float like festive little ice cubes. Feel free to substitute any sparkling wine for the Champagne.


Kir Royale

A Kir Royale is an elegant cocktail made from Champagne and crème de cassis.

Servings: 1 cocktail
Total Time: 5 Minutes


  • 1 tablespoon crème de cassis
  • 6 ounces cold dry Champagne (or sparkling wine)
  • A few raspberries, for garnish


  1. Pour the crème de cassis into a champagne flute, then add the Champagne. Top off with a few fresh raspberries.
  2. Note: For a variation, replace the crème de cassis with raspberry liqueur, such as Chambord, to make a Kir Impérial.

Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (1 servings)
  • Calories: 198
  • Fat: 0 g
  • Saturated fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g
  • Sugar: 8 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Sodium: 10 mg
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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