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Kir Royale Recipe

Learn how to make the classic French cocktail, Kir Royale, with crème de cassis and champagne. Perfect for celebrations and special events.

The Kir Royale is a timeless and refined French cocktail that has been savored for many years. It is a straightforward yet sophisticated blend of crème de cassis and champagne, and it is typically served during celebratory occasions and other special events.
The cocktail’s roots are deeply entwined with French customs and heritage, making it a favorite subject of discussion for cocktail aficionados and those interested in French history and culture. Furthermore, the Kir Royale is a simple-to-prepare drink that is ideal for hosting guests or having a memorable evening at home.


Kir Royale Recipe

Cooking method: Mixing
Cuisine: French
Courses: Drinks
Difficulty: beginner
Prep timeCook TimeRest TimeTotal Time
5 min - 5 min
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 116kcal
Best season: all

Kir Royale consists

of Crème de Cassis and Champagne or sparkling wine, served in a flute or coupe glass and garnished with a lemon twist.

The cocktail was named after Félix Kir, a French Catholic priest and politician who lived in Dijon, Burgundy in France. In the 1940s, Kir started serving a similar drink made with Aligoté wine and Crème de Cassis to his guests and visiting dignitaries, which became popular in the region.

Kir Royale Recipe
Learn how to make the classic French cocktail, Kir Royale

The cocktail gained global recognition in the 1950s when it was served at a reception hosted by the mayor of Dijon for visiting diplomats. The mayor served the cocktail in tall, elegant glasses that resembled those used for Champagne, which elevated the drink’s status.
Today, the Kir Royale is a classic French cocktail that is enjoyed by many worldwide, and it continues to be a popular choice for special occasions and celebrations.



  1. Chill a Champagne flute in the freezer for 10-15 minutes.

  2. Pour the creme de cassis into the chilled glass.

  3. Slowly pour the Champagne or sparkling wine into the glass, holding it at a 45-degree angle to preserve the bubbles.

  4. Garnish with raspberry if desired.

  5. Serve immediately.


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