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Classic Kir Royale with Cassis in a champagne glass with raspberries

Classic Kir Royale with Cassis

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A Classic Kir Royale with Cassis is an elegant champagne cocktail with a spot of 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

Classic Kir Royale with Cassis

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 with raspberries. They’re a pretty good snack after you down your drink!

Classic Kir Royale with Cassis in a blue stem martini glass

Tips for Making a Kir Royale

  • 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: Taste and decide if some simple syrup is in order. If you’d like a sweeter cocktail, a splash of this 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!
  • By the way, a Kir is a similar cocktail but made with white wine instead of champagne.

More Champagne Cocktails You’ll Love

The French 75 Champagne Cocktail is wonderful all year ’round and this Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail is perfect for New Year’s or Valentine’s Day! I’m dying to try this Cosmopolitan Champagne Cocktail and how about this Classic Champagne Cocktail?

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Classic Kir Royale with Cassis in a champagne glass with raspberries

Classic Kir Royale with Cassis

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

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 1 minute
  • Yield: 1 cocktail 1x
  • Category: Beverages, Cocktails
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: French

Ingredients

23 teaspoons Crème de Cassis

Champagne to fill the glass

Simple syrup* to taste, optional

Fresh raspberries or fresh currants to garnish, optional

Instructions

Add cassis to champagne or cocktail glasses

Top off the glass with champagne.

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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17 comments on “Classic Kir Royale with Cassis”

  1. I read your article and it is interesting. It looks very yummy. I hope I will make them like you.

  2. A nice treat indeed! Had to laugh, the ad running right below your cocktail read “how to solve joint pain”… Some would agree:@)

  3. This looks simply divine! I am trying it this weekend.

  4. Liz this is a wonderful classic and I love raspberry!

  5. Lizzy ! really looks delicious !!

  6. This is not only beautiful, it sounds so… good! 

  7. How have I never had a kir royale? That needs to change!! What a perfect Valentine’s Day libation, Liz!

  8. Oooooh How deliciously pretty an perfect timing for Valentine’s day.

  9. Liz, I have never had this before, but I have recently begun to enjoy ‘sipping’ a liquor after dinner with a nibble of chocolate. I’ll have to try this and add it to my new routine!
    xoxo!

  10. Reminds me of the era back in the late 1980’s and 1990’s when I used to grow Raspberries in the backyard in Brooklyn. 🙂

  11. Very pretty Liz and definitely festive! Thanks for the tips. I’ve never been much of a drinker so any tips are welcome. 

  12. Such a great drink, and perfect for Valentine’s Day! You’re right that a decent Crème de Cassis makes a huge difference in this drink — plus it’s fun to drink all by itself! Good post — thanks.

  13. Beautiful cocktail…so luxurious, and perfect for the Valentine’s Day…thank you so sharing the recipe Liz. I hope you are having a fabulous week!

  14. Kir is one of my favorite summer drinks! And now I have another way to celebrate with it. Thanks Liz!

  15. I know what this is but I clicked on the link anyway. Such a perfect cocktail. I served them before dinner once when I had a fancy dinner party. They were a huge hit. I’ve tried making them with prosecco, and of course it just doesn’t work. You really need the champagne! Pretty photos.

  16. Such an elegant cocktail for Valentine’s Day!

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