Kir Royale Recipe


Ingredients for 1 Kir Royal:

- Cassis (1-2 tablespoons or 15-30 ml)

- Champagne (about 6 ounces or 150 ml)

- Flute or Champagne Glass





Preparation Time: 1 Minute

Cooking Time: 0 Minutes

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Aperitif Recipe:

  • Pour the Cassis into the wine glass

  • Add the Champagne

  • Serve

If the Cassis is added first, it is evenly mixed with the champagne. If the champagne is added first, the Cassis is not evenly mixed (due to the smaller volume of Cassis relative to the Champagne). The former approach gives a more even taste and is preferable from that perspective whereas the latter approach gives a more pleasing appearance with the uneven mixing of the Cassis resulting in a fine pink at the bottom of the glass shading up to a bright red at the top.


The ratio of Cassis to Champagne depends on personal preference. See below for discussion.




There are two types of Kir. One is made with wine (and is simply known as "Kir") while the other is made with Champagne (and is known as "Kir Royal"). In France, a standard wine glass is always used for Kir, with the flute being reserved for Kir Royal.

 Kir itself has a fascinating history, which is explained in the Kir recipe (click on Kir).

The official recipe for Kir Royal calls for one-third Cassis and two-thirds Champagne. However, most people find that this is far too strong in terms of taste, sweetness and alcohol contents. A ration of one part of Cassis to 5 parts of Champagne is preferred by most people.

For a simpler and less expensive drink, see Kir.



Kir itself has a fascinating history, which is explained in the Kir recipe (click on Kir).





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