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Kir and Kir Royale Recipe


Kir Royale Cocktail

Kir Royale

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If you like berry flavored cocktails then this classic is a great choice. It is one of the few cocktails that uses the black currant liqueur, creme de cassis, which acts as a dark sweetener for your favorite wine. The choice of white wine is something of personal taste; dry wines are preferred, Chablis is a great option. Also, this drink is easy to serve at an open house, business reception, or casual cocktail party.

The Kir became popular in French cafes in the middle of the 19th century and was further popularized by Felix Kir after World War II. The then mayor of Dijon in Burgundy, France, served the drink often to promote his region's fine products (wine and creme de cassis). The name Kir has been associated with the drink ever since. There are also many variations of this wine cocktail (see below), each unique but carrying on the Kir tradition.

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Total Time: 3 minutes

Yield: 1 Cocktail



  1. Pour the creme de cassis into a wine glass.
  2. Slowly add the dry white wine.


Variations of the Kir:

  • Cardinal: Substitute red wine for the white wine.
  • Kir Breton: Substitute Breton cider for the wine.
  • Kir Imperial: Substitute raspberry liqueur for the creme de cassis and Champagne for the wine.
  • Kir Normand: Substitute Normandy cider for the wine.
  • Kir Royale: Substitute Champagne for the white wine, serve in a Champagne flute.

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