Kir Royale

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

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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.

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Kir Royale

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

Servings: 1 cocktail
Total Time: 5 Minutes

Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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.

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