Drinks

Blackberry Kir Royale

Blackberry Kir Royale is stunning cocktail that has the perfect balance of sweet and dry. This two ingredient cocktail is perfect for any celebration! Our Blackberry Kir Royale recipe has alcoholic and mocktail versions.

Two champagnes flute fille with clear cherry red liquid. One flute is just to the right of center at the front of the photo. The other is behind it and about 45 degrees to the left. Bubbles line the tops and are scattered on the sides of the liquid.

What are your New Year’s plans?  When the kids were younger, a friend of mine used to throw a New Year’s Eve dinner and game night. It was her birthday as well so we celebrated that and toasted in the New Year.

My friend moved away and the kids are now adults. They tend to celebrate with their friends so usually I just stay in. Those Facebook memes of a woman in her jammies with a good book and some hot cocoa – that’s me these days. Becks and Caelum are here so I thought we’d be going out but they want to stay in too.

We still need to celebrate. The kids are only here for two weeks and they leave on January 2. Since they don’t want to go out, we’ve planned a low key celebration, blackberry kir royale cocktails, cheese, crackers, and the left over Christmas cookies. We’ll watch the fireworks from my apartment balcony.

So why blackberry kir royale? Why not just have plain champagne? I find champagne is generally too dry for my tastes. We could get some prosecco or muscato but something about New Year’s Eve screams champagne.

A champagne flute fille with cherry red liquid. bubbles line the top and there is a single blackberry floating in th eclass on the left side.

There’s a French restaurant near our place that serves wonderful food at reasonable prices. It has a lovely outdoor garden seating area so we eat there fairly regularly. Kir is one of their many cocktails. It is a simple cocktail of Créme de Cassis and white wine.

I’m not a white wine fan so it took me a while to try the Kir. It was love at first sip. I now see why Kir is a popular aperitif in France.

The problem is finding Créme de Cassis. The liquor stores around here don’t seem to carry it. Blackberries have similar flavor to black currants so I decided to make my own blackberry liqueur. That liqueur is so tasty that we’ve already used or given away over half of it.

I love the flavor and color of the Blackberry Kir Royale. The whole thing just says festive. And, I love how easy it is to make. You don’t need to designate a bar tender to fix drinks while everyone socializes. If you’re having a crowd over, just put the blackberry liqueur and backberries in the glasses before the party. Add the champagne when it’s time to serve.

The mocktail is just as simple. Use blackberry syrup and either dry gingerale or sparkling apple juice. Don’t have blackberry syrup in your store? Heat up a little blackberry jam and add about an equal amount of water to thin it into a syrup. Then strain out the seeds.

The mocktail also looks just like the cocktail so designated drivers and kids can feel part of the party. I hope you all have a wonderful, safe New Year!

Yield: 1 serving

Blackberry Kir Royale

A champagne flute fille with cherry red liquid. bubbles line the top and there is a single blackberry floating in th eclass on the left side.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon blackberry liqueur per glass
  • 1/2 -2/3 cup Champagne (enough to fill a champagne flute)
  • 1 blackberry (optional garnish)

Mocktail

  • 1 tablespoon blackberry syrup
  • 1/2 - 2/3 cup dry gingerale or sparkling apple juice

Instructions

  1. Put blackberry liquor in champagne flutes.
  2. Pour champagne over top.
  3. Garnish with a blackberry.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 230Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 35mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 1gSugar: 36gProtein: 0g

Nutrition information is provided as a guide only. Please consult a dietician for specific dietary needs. Note: the two servings used to calculate nutrition information here were 1 serving of the alcoholic cocktail and 1 serving of the mocktail

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