This festive cocktail is a popular aperitif in France. A classic kir consists of white wine and crème de cassis (black currant liqueur). Replace the wine with Champagne, and it becomes a kir royale.
6 fl. oz. Champagne or other sparkling wine
Crème de cassis (black currant liqueur)
lemon twist for garnish
Fill a flute glass with the Champagne. Add a dash of crème de cassis and garnish with a lemon twist.
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