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Emily Schindler
How To Make A Kir Royale
One of the simplest (and most delicious) drinks you’ll ever make.
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Named after the longtime mayor of Dijon, Felix Kir, the Kir is one of the simplest cocktails in existence. It consists of exactly two ingredients - white wine and crème de cassis - and when you substitute the wine for Champagne, something magical happens. You get a Kir Royale. You can make this drink in less than a minute, and it has the perfect balance of sweet, dry, and fizzy. If you don’t feel like spending $40+ on a bottle of Champagne, feel free to go with prosecco, cava, or crémant.

Emily Schindler

You’ll Need:

Makes 1 Kir Royale

  • Flute
  • 5 oz Champagne, prosecco, cava, or crémant
  • .5 oz crème de cassis

Step One: Sparkling Wine

Traditionally, a Kir Royale is made with Champagne. But if you want to use something cheaper (and just as appropriate for cocktails), go with prosecco instead. Cava and crémant will also work - just be sure that whatever you buy says ‘brut’ on the label. That’s how you know it isn’t very sweet.

Once you’ve selected your dry sparkling wine, add 5 ounces to a Champagne flute. (A coupe will also do just fine.)

Step Two: Crème De Cassis

Crème de cassis is a dark purple liqueur flavored with black currant, and most liquor stores tend to stock it. A little goes a long way, so carefully measure out .5 ounce of your crème de cassis, and drizzle that directly into your sparkling-wine-filled flute. Garnish with a lemon twist.

And that’s how you make a Kir Royale. Like we said, it’s easy. If you’re looking for something to make with your leftover crème de cassis, try an El Diablo next.

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