This jewel-toned Pomegranate Kir Royale drink is about as easy and as festive as cocktails come. Just two ingredients (with a few optional additions) is all you need to create this delicious take on the classic champagne cocktail.
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What is a Kir Royale Cocktail?
The Kir Royale is a classic champagne cocktail, which at its simplest, is made of Crème de Cassis and Champagne.
Depending on who makes it the amount of Crème de Cassis varies from one teaspoon to two tablespoons (1 ounce) and can be finished with a dash of bitters and/or a lemon twist.
Best Sparkling Wine
This Kir Royale with pomegranate can be made with any preferred dry sparkling wine such as Prosecco or Cava. As with any sparkling wine cocktail, we recommend using something you enjoy drinking on its own but isn’t overly pricey. Save the expensive sparkling wines and Champagne for when you’re serving it on its own.
The classic Kir Royale Cocktail combines sparkling wine with some type of berry-flavored liqueur such as Creme de Cassis, Chambord, or Crème de Mûre. For our pomegranate variation we’re turning to our favorite Pomegranate Liqueur—Pama.
Pama is made with fresh pomegranate juice, vodka and a bit of tequila. This combination of ingredients creates a beautifully balanced liqueur that’s full flavored without being overly sweet.
And for a cheaper, less boozy option, you can swap the pomegranate liqueur for pure pomegranate juice, it just won’t be quite as flavorful.
How to Make a Kir Royale
Are you ready to make one of the easiest and most elegant cocktails?
here we go:
- add liqueur to champagne flute
- pour champagne into flute over liqueur
- finish with a dash of bitters (optional) and a lemon twist
We like to garnish this Kir Royale cocktail is a few pomegranate seeds and a lemon twist. Feel free to add a sprig of rosemary or sage for even more holiday flare.
- For a less boozy option, skip the pomegranate liqueur and use fresh pomegranate juice.
- Make a cranberry Kir Royale by using this Cranberry Liqueur. Garnish with sugared cranberries, an orange twist and a sprig of rosemary.
- Instead of cranberry or pomegranate liqueur, use a combination of 100% cranberry juice and orange liqueur such as Cointreau.
Pomegranate Kir Royale
- 1 ounce pomegranate liqueur, such as Pama
- 4 ounces chilled dry sparkling wine such as Prosecco or Cava
- Dash bitters, optional
- Pomegranate seeds
- Lemon twist
- Pour liqueur into a champagne flute and top sparkling wine.
- Finish with a dash of bitter, if using, and garnish with pomegranate seeds and a lemon twist.