Start with a champagne cocktail and make it even more French with the Kir Royale, perfect for an elevated brunch. Since you’re here for delicious mocktails, sub non-alcoholic wine, and suddenly your sober party is all kinds of fancy.
The History of the Kir Royale
The classic Kir cocktail comes from Burgundy, France. It was named after Canon Félix Kir, a priest and former mayor of Dijon. He was also a big fan of cocktail recipes that featured crème de cassis, a blackcurrant liqueur.
Top sweet crème de cassis with champagne, cava, or prosecco, and that’s pretty much all there is to it. You can even find it blended and bottled for you at a variety of price points.
What is the difference between a Kir and a Kir Royale? The difference between a Kir and a Kir Royale is the sparkling wine. A Kir calls for dry white wine, not champagne.
That’s what makes the classic Kir Royale a little fancier.
Why is it called a Kir Royale? It’s called the Kir Royale because the French cocktail was originally used as a special occasion drink.
To confuse you even further, there’s also a version called the Kir Imperial that calls for Chambord, a raspberry liqueur. (Confusing or not, we promise… they’re all delicious!)
Treat a Kir Royale like a dessert drink or apéritif:
- Stay on theme with a selection of French cheeses like Brie or Comté.
- Serve it with finger foods that are just as classy, like cheese puffs or crostini.
- Go all-in on dessert with decadent strawberries and cream.
Storing & Serving
Kir Royale cocktails look fanciest in a champagne flute glass, but we’re not here to judge if you serve them in red wine glasses. You’ll just want your bubbles chilled before pouring.
Why is a Kir Royale served chilled? A Kir Royale is served chilled to keep the champagne from going flat.
The homemade syrup in this recipe can be sealed and stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Kir Royale Recipe
Your cook time here is pretty much staring at the blackberries doing their magic. We like to keep things breezy.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 5 minutes
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yields: 4 servings
- Serving Size: 1 cocktail (8.5 ounces)
We love our bubbly mocktail with blackberries. They’re a bit sweeter than the tart currant liqueur used in the classic champagne cocktail. Sub fresh raspberries or whatever berries you prefer to make your faux berry liqueur.
Ingredients you’ll need for the best Kir Royale include:
- 1 can of Surely Brut (chilled), or 8.5 ounces of your favorite champagne, prosecco, or cava
- 1 cup blackberries
- 5-6 drops liquid monk fruit or Stevia
- Mint leaves (optional)
- Add blackberries to a small pot and cook on medium heat, gently pressing the blackberries as they soften.
- Stir in liquid Stevia or other natural sweetener. Adjust to taste.
- Remove from heat and let cool completely.
- To serve, add 2 tablespoons of blackberry mixture to the bottom of each glass.
- Top with Surely Brut or your preferred bubbly drink.
- Garnish with a mint leaf or extra berries as desired.
- Calories: 51
- Fat: 0 g
- Carbs: 9 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Net Carbs: 9 g
- Protein: 1 g
Zero-calorie sweeteners keep this non-alcoholic drink light, with no saturated fat or cholesterol. Fresh blackberries mean you’re consuming some carbohydrates, but you’ll also get a boost of calcium, potassium, and vitamin C.
More Non-Alcoholic Wine Cocktails To Try
- French 75 Mocktail
- Virgin Mimosa
- Non-Alcoholic Bellini
- Virgin Frosé
- Non-Alcoholic Sangria
- Virgin White Wine Spritzer
All the Fun Of a Wine Cocktail Party — Without the Hangover
Surely is the perfect alcohol alternative for all of your party guests, including expectant mothers who’d love to get in on some bubbles. If you want to pop some bottles, we’ve got you with our bottled sparkling Brut. Try our non-alcoholic sparkling rosé if you’re thinking pink.