A Kir Royale is a Champagne Cocktail made with champagne and Chambord. It’s a fancy cocktail that’s perfect for date night or a party!
This is a classic champagne cocktail that I order every time I’m out to dinner, but it’s easy to make at home.
Mel introduced me to a Kir Royale when we were first dating. I remember we went to a fancy restaurant for dinner one night and he ordered us two and they just seemed so fancy! (Remember, at this point I was 23 and he was 39, so it felt very grown up to be drinking a champagne cocktail at the bar of a fancy restaurant.
Over the years I became a sort of Kir Royale aficionado. It was easy to tell if the establishment was used to making them, or not. The perfect Kir Royale has just a bit of Chambord, so it’s not too dark but just right. If I’d order my drink and it was almost clear or to dark to see through, I knew I had a novice bartender. Ditto if he skipped the lemon peel garnish!
My most vivid memory about this cocktail was shortly after got the news we’d be moving to Arizona. We went on a home scouting trip and had dinner at a local steakhouse with a wine bar inside. We had Kir Royales before dinner and a bottle of chardonnay with dinner and afterwards I somehow ended up getting in a cab by myself without a clue as to where I was going. Looking back, it’s quite comically scary to think about that situation! Mel was beside himself when he came out to the front of the restaurant and I was gone.
ANYWAY, it’s obvious that these cocktails are delicious.
A Kir Royale is perfectly fancy for date night or any holiday, especially New Year’s Eve!
You may be wondering what this champagne cocktail actually is. A Kir Royale is a classic cocktail recipe made with champagne and Chambord. I’ve also heard it can be made with black currant liquor, also known as creme de cassis, but every time I’ve ordered it, it’s made with Chambord.
What is Chambord?
Chambord is a black raspberry liquor that’s made in France. It comes in a beautiful spherical bottle and is somewhat expensive, but if you’re just using it for Kir Royale cocktails, it will last awhile. You may substitute Creme de Cassis or even a non-alcoholic black raspberry syrup (you could add it to sparking cider for a fun mocktail).
If you’ve ever heard of a drink called Champagne and Chambord, you’ve heard of a Kir Royale.
Now, you don’t have to use actual Champagne in this cocktail. Champagne originates in France and can be quite expensive, but a sparkling wine or prosecco will substitute quite nicely. Use a good quality one you’d like to drink plain.
Remember that champagne and sparkling wine does have a sweetness scale. You have to ask yourself how sweet you like your cocktails when you’re purchasing your champagne.
How sweet is champagne?
- The sweetest champagnes and sparkling wines will be labeled Dry (or Extra Dry) or Demi Sec.
- The less sweet versions will be called Brut (including Extra Brut and Brut Nature)
- Prosecco is on the sweeter side of the Champagne scale (although it’s made in Italy using different method)
Basically: if you want a sweeter cocktail, get a DRY sparkling wine or Prosecco. For a less sweet drink get a sparkling wine labelled BRUT.
The key to making the perfect Kir Royale is all in the ratios. The perfect ratio of champagne to Chambord is 5:1. That is, one part Chambord for abut 5 parts champagne. The champagne must be chilled!
Simply add the Chambord to the glass, then top it off with champagne. And don’t forget the lemon twirl; that’s the most important part. It’s a bit of acidity to the sweet champagne cocktail.
- 1 750ml bottle champagne or prosecco
- 5 ounces Chambord
- Lemon for garnish
- Add 1 ounce Chambord to each of 5 champagne flutes.
- Add champagne to fill flute. Garnish with lemon.
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
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Published on: December 14, 2018