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French Food Friday...Kir Royale Cocktail

My favourite champagne cocktail..... Kir Royale not only is it deliciously sophisticated, it is also simple to prepare. Cassis is the main flavour in these classic French cocktail recipes.

The drink known as Kir is produced when white wine and crème de cassis – a luscious French fruit liqueur made from blackcurrant berries. Create a Kir Royal, or Royale, by substituting Champagne for white wine creates. Both cocktails have a pleasant level of sweetness and a lovely hue.

History of Kir Cocktail Recipe
This concoction of white wine and cassis was known as blanc-cassis before Dijon mayor Felix Kir (1876-1968) gave his name to the well-liked drink. Kir was a fan of blanc-cassis and not afraid to show it. He often appeared in public holding his favourite French cocktail.

As Dijon is in the Burgundy region of France, and Burgundy produces both the white wine and the cassis that must be used to make the drink authentic, Kir’s habit could be seen as patriotic. His association thus established, Kir legally allowed French producers to use his name to promote their product.

3.5 oz. Champagne
1/2 oz. crème de cassis
Twist of lemon (optional)

Add crème de cassis to Champagne flute. Top with well-chilled Champagne.

Garnish with a lemon twist if you want to.

Makes one Kir Royale.

Sante a tous et a demain mes amies, Leeann x


  1. Well, if you had not written this post, I would have had to: Kir Royal is my favorite drink to order when I leave the house! Even though many people will use other liqueurs such as Chambord (raspberry), or peach, Cassis is still my favorite choice, and Kir remains one of France's most popular drinks ordered during the sacred "apéritif." Well done. Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  2. Must. Have. One. New Year's Eve. Kir = joyous songs in my heart! Not an exaggeration. Divine. Thank you for posting. :)

  3. Oh, one of my favorite cocktail indulgences! Thank you for the reminder to pick up some Kir this weekend!

  4. Ooh, I will have to try this! Sounds perfect.
    Have a nice weekend.

  5. Mmmmm definitely one of my favourites and also love it with Mure liquer too. Happy New Year to you Leeann. x

  6. Cool. love it i will definitely try it.

  7. Love Kir Royale, it is actually my favorite drink, always prepared with a great champagne.
    Perfect to toast to the new year. Bonne Annee!

  8. I just Repinned it on Pinterest. ;)


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