A Classic Kir Royale with Cassis is an elegant champagne cocktail with a nice splash of black currant liqueur. The vibrant color and berry garnish make it festive enough for any celebration!

Whether for Valentine’s Day, Christmas, or a romantic night at home, this simple cocktail will become a favorite!

Classic Kir Royale with Cassis in a champagne glass in front of a glass of raspberries

Why You Must Make

  • I’ve always been drawn to simple cocktails, and this classic champagne cocktail fits the bill.
  • With just Crème de Cassis, a sweet red French liqueur made of black currants, and champagne, you can be ready at the wait to make this cocktail when the mood strikes.
  • Since I rarely see fresh currants in our local markets, I took the liberty of garnishing this cocktail with raspberries. They’re a pretty good snack after you down your drink! The color from the cassis and the berries make for a beautiful, festive champagne cocktail.

Ingredient Notes

  • Crème de Cassis – Black Currant Liqueur. If you cannot find a black currant liqueur, you may substitute Chambord, a black raspberry liqueur.
  • Champagne – There’s no need to buy a top of the line champagne. Even Cava or Prosecco can be used.
  • Simple Syrup – Optional to sweeten the cocktail if desired.
  • Fresh Raspberries or Fresh Currants – To garnish, optional.
Classic Kir Royale with Cassis in a blue stem martini glass

How to Make

  1. Add cassis to champagne or cocktail glasses
  2. Top off the glass with champagne.
  3. Taste and add simple syrup for a sweeter cocktail. Garnish if desired.

Recipe Tips

  • PRO-Tip: My first and biggest tip is to hunt down some quality Crème de Cassis. I had a popular inexpensive version in my liquor cabinet, but with only two ingredients, the results were less than impressive. Still very drinkable, but not memorable. It has now been replaced.
  • PRO-Tip: Chill your glasses in the freezer before using them to keep the cocktail well chilled as you drink it.
  • When adding the champagne, tip the glass slightly and slowly pour down the angled side. This will help minimize the champagne fizzing up.
  • PRO-Tip: Taste and decide if some simple syrup is in order. If you’d like a sweeter cocktail, a splash of an easy-to-make sugar and water syrup is an easy fix.                                                                 
  • To make a simple syrup, just simmer equal parts water and sugar until the sugar dissolves, stirring occasionally. Chill and store in the refrigerator for up to 4 weeks (as long as you don’t add any flavorings).
  • Garnish with beautiful fresh currants if you can find them or fresh raspberries. A garnish always takes a cocktail to the next level! Toast your guests and enjoy!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Is this Cocktail Called A Kir Royale?

Both Kir and Kir Royale were named after the French priest, Canon Félix Kir, who was a hero during WWII, then became the mayor of Dijon, France. He liked using local products and created this cocktail. Using champagne instead of wine makes the kir royale more elegant or “royal.”

What’s the Difference between a Kir and a Kir Royale?

Kir is a cocktail made with white wine and cassis. A Kir Royale is made with champagne instead of white wine and cassis.

Why Do You Use Simple Syrup?

Simple Syrup is used to sweeten cocktails and beverages. By heating water and sugar, the sugar dissolves and the mixture becomes syrupy. It incorporates well when mixed with liquids whereas sugar would remain granular.

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Classic Kir Royale with Cassis in a champagne glass with raspberries

Classic Kir Royale with Cassis

Prep Time 1 minute
Total Time 1 minute
Yield 1 cocktail

A simple, elegant cocktail made of champagne and Crème de Cassis.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons black currant liqueur (Crème de Cassis)
  • 6 tablespoons Champagne or enough to fill the glass
  • Simple syrup to taste, optional
  • Fresh raspberries or fresh currants to garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Add cassis to champagne or cocktail glasses
  2. Top off the glass with champagne.
  3. Taste and add simple syrup for a sweeter cocktail. Garnish if desired.

Notes

*To make simple syrup, heat equal amounts of sugar and syrup in a saucepan, stirring occasionally, until sugar is dissolved. Chill and store in your refrigerator for up to 4 weeks.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1 glass

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 338Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: .9mgCarbohydrates: 16.7gFiber: 10gSugar: 82gProtein: .3g

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