After sharing all about our travels to Reims, the heart of the Champagne region this week for Wanderlust Wednesdays, I couldn’t resist sharing one of my favorite Champagne Cocktails, a Kir Royal! I’ve previously made a yummy Mandarin Champagne Cocktail here if you are looking for more ideas! This week wrapped up the last of our Europe posts with our trip to the Champagne region of France. I’m working on some travel guides with tips and hotel/restaurant recommendations. Those will be on the Travel page when I’m done!
Kir Royal is a French cocktail, a variation on Kir topped with champagne rather than traditional white wine. A Kir Royal consists of crème de cassis or Chambord, or any other sweet raspberry liqueur topped with champagne.
To make our Kir Royals I started with some vintage Champagne coupe glasses that were handed down to me from my grandmother. While Champagne flutes are also beautiful with their long slender necks, there is something about a classic vintage Champagne coupe that just screams Paris to me, especially since legend has it the shape of the coupe was modeled on the breast of Marie Antoinette! To start, take a twist of lemon and coat the rim of the coupe. I like to additionally squeeze the twist into the bowl just to get as much lemony zest as possible. You can also garnish your Kir Royal with a raspberry or blackberry but I like the extra dimension that the lemon gives it.
The next step is to add in a black raspberry liqueur. There are several liqueur to champagne ratios that you could follow, but I found the tastiest to be .25 ounces of Chambord to 3 ounces of champagne. The Chambord is a very sweet & strong flavor. You want to be sure to not overwhelm the champagne. You’re just highlighting it!
This is the champagne that we picked up in France. Check out the guide to champagne tasting if you missed it! I wouldn’t normally add anything to Veuve Clicquot. It does just fine on its own. If you are serving this at a party, I recommend leaving some bottles of Veuve out for your guests to enjoy alone and hiding a less expensive bottle of sparkling in the kitchen for mixing into your Kir Royals!
- .25 Ounces of Chambord (or other black raspberry flavored liqueur)
- 3 Ounces of chilled champagne
- 1 Lemon Twist
- Rub the lemon twist around the rim of the glass & squeeze it into the glass.
- Top with Chambord.
- Finish with champagne.
- Stir if you wish!