This simple Kir Royale is a delicious pairing of champagne and creme de cassis. It's the perfect drink for a celebratory toast or a cocktail party.
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much Champagne is just right."Mark Twain
As this year quickly draws to a close, and we begin the lead up to the holiday season I thought I would share some delicious cocktails with you.
To kick things off, I wanted to start with a cocktail that features the one drink we all think of when it comes to celebrations - Champagne.
Champagne immediately comes to mind when you think of a party, but have you ever wondered why?
Champagne has a fun and interesting history. It first came to international attention in the 1700s when it was served during the coronation of French kings.
As the French were associated with luxury, power and class, Champagne quickly became associated with these things as well.
Through some very clever marketing, the early Champagne houses quickly caught on and spent considerable time and money marketing their product this way.
That initial, and ongoing, marketing by the world's famous Champagne producers, have brought us to today where champagne is synonymous with celebration.
After all, what would a wedding toast be without a glass of Champagne?
So, today's featured cocktail is the renowned Kir Royale!
The Kir Royale is traditionally served as an apéritif before a meal, making it the perfect drink to kick off a dinner party.
What is in a Kir Royale?
Making this champagne cocktail couldn't be easier, as it's a simple combination of Champagne (or Sparkling wine) and Creme de Cassis.
Creme de Cassis is a blackcurrant liqueur, which gives this cocktail a delicious berry taste.
How to Make a Kir Royale
Simply mix 4-5 oz of champagne with ½ oz of creme de cassis, and serve in a champagne flute.
Kir Royale Variations
Ready to mix things up a bit? Here are some of the most popular variations of the classic Kir Royale.
Kir Imperial - Use a raspberry liquor, such as Chambord, in place of the Creme de Cassis.
Cider Royale - Substitute a hard cider in place of the champagne, and add a dash of calvados.
Cardinal - Use a red wine in place of the traditional white champagne.
Tarantino - Substitute a light beer for the champagne.
Hibiscus Royale - Replace the creme de cassis with a mix of peach and raspberry liquer, and a bit of hibiscus flower.
Kir Bianco - Substitute sweet white vermouth in place of the champagne.
Pink Russian - This variation uses milk instead of champagne. And I honestly have no idea why you would do that.
If you love this cocktail, be sure to check out all my drink recipes here. Or start with these reader-favorite cocktails:
- ½ oz Creme de Cassis
- 4 oz Champagne or Sparkling wine
- 2 raspberries optional
- Place the Creme de Cassis in the bottom of a Champagne flute. You can also add a few raspberries, if desired.
- Top with Champagne or Sparkling wine.
- Serve immediately.