A Simple Sparkling Wine Cocktail
Kir Royale is a super easy and delicious cocktail. With only two ingredients, Crème de Cassis and Sparkling wine, this cocktail is easy to make in large volumes, which makes it the perfect welcome drink at big parties or gatherings. And since it’s made with sparkling wine, this cocktail is also a great choice for New Year’s Eve.
Crème de Cassis
Pour Sparkling Wine
Pour Crème de Cassis
Stir (only if needed)
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Tasi Prosecco Spumante
Crème de Cassis
Giffard’s Crème de cassis
Kir Royale is the sparkling edition of the cocktail Kir. Kir is the same formula as the Kir Royale except that normal white wine is used instead of sparkling wine. Both cocktails are named after Félix Kir, who was the Mayor of the French city Dijon between 1945 and 1968. Félix Kir was known for serving a mix of Crème De Cassis with the local wine, laying the foundation for this cocktail. Today, Crème de Cassis is produced in many places around the world but traditionally this liqueur was a specialty of the Burgundy area, and especially in the commune of Dijon. The bottles still produced in the commune of Dijon nowadays will be specifically labeled Crème de Cassis de Dijon.
The flavor of this cocktail will depend on the choice of sparkling wine and the ratio between it and the Cassis. If you stick to our recommendations of picking a semi dry prosecco and using the 9 to 1 ratio, this cocktail will have a pleasant but not overwhelming sweetness. The Cassis will be allowed to shine through but won’t completely overpower. Straight up it will present you with the fruity flavor of blackcurrant, but the back palate and the aftertaste will primarily be dominated by the sparkling wine. While this is a cocktail where you can play around with the ratios, more than the majority of other cocktails, we prefer this particular one as it allows the Cassis to be a very apparent part of the cocktail, but without drowning the taste of the wine.