The Kir Royal

Ingredients

  1. 1 tablespoon Chambord
  2. Chilled Champagne, cava, prosecco or bubbly of your choice
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How to Make It

Chill the glass in the freezer for 10 minutes before preparing. Add the Chambord to the glass, then top it off with the chilled champagne. Play ball!

Why We Like It

A completely unscientific study has shown that men purchase more champagne at the end of the regular baseball season that at any other time of the year. Although locker-room celebrations seem like good fun, most of that champagne doesn’t even make it into the mouths of those men. I want to reverse that trend with this celebratory champagne cocktail: the Kir Royal. I’m sipping one in anticipatory honor of my hometown team, The Kansas City Royals. For the first time since 1985 — when they won the won the World Series against the St. Louis Cardinals — the Royals are poised to make the playoffs. Whatever team you root for this time of year, the Kir Royal cocktail is the perfect way to finish off a bottle of champagne you may have opened for celebratory purposes. My Kir Royal is an adaptation of the classic Kir, originally made with crème de cassis, a black currant liqueur, and white wine. This Kir Royal, is made with the easier-to-find Chambord, a black raspberry liqueur, and champagne. It’s also typically served in a champagne flute, but I think everything looks better in a coupe glass. I say it’s player’s choice.

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