Kir Imperial
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Kir Imperial
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The Kir Imperial is an elegant and celebratory cocktail that serves as a luxurious twist on the classic Kir Royale. Traditionally made with a blend of French Champagne and crème ... more The Kir Imperial is an elegant and celebratory cocktail that serves as a luxurious twist on the classic Kir Royale. Traditionally made with a blend of French Champagne and crème de framboise, a raspberry liqueur, this drink features a rich and fruity flavour profile. The addition of the sweet and tangy crème de framboise complements the crisp effervescence of the Champagne, creating a harmoniously balanced beverage. Its deep red hue adds a touch of sophistication to any festive occasion, and it is typically served in a classic champagne glass to enhance its sparkling appearance and aroma. Perfect for toasts and special events, the Kir Imperial is a festive choice that's synonymous with celebration.
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Creme De Framboise
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12.6% | 1.89 units *

Champagne glass

Ingredients

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Method
How to make a Kir Imperial

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Place the crème de framboise in the bottom of a champagne flute and pour chilled champagne on top
Stir gently then serve

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the origin of the Kir Imperial cocktail?

The Kir Imperial is a variation of the classic Kir cocktail. While the classic Kir originates from Burgundy, France, and traditionally mixes white wine with crème de cassis, the Kir Imperial uses Champagne or prosecco instead of white wine and crème de framboise (raspberry liqueur) rather than crème de cassis. This variation offers a more luxurious and celebratory twist on the original.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I substitute crème de framboise in a Kir Imperial?

Yes, if crème de framboise is not available, a good substitute would be raspberry syrup for a non-alcoholic version or another berry-flavored liqueur. Keep in mind, substituting the liqueur will alter the flavor profile slightly, but it can still create a delightful cocktail.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

What is the best way to serve a Kir Imperial?

The best way to serve a Kir Imperial is chilled in a classic champagne glass. Ensure both the Champagne (or prosecco) and the crème de framboise are well chilled before mixing. Pour the crème de framboise first, then top with Champagne or prosecco, gently stir, and serve immediately for the best fizz and flavor experience.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What occasions are most suitable for serving Kir Imperial?

Kir Imperial is perfect for special occasions and celebrations. Its luxurious ingredients and elegant presentation make it an excellent choice for toasts at weddings, anniversaries, New Year's Eve, and any festive gatherings. Its refreshing and sophisticated flavor profile also makes it suitable for classy brunches and cocktail parties.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content in a Kir Imperial compare to other champagne cocktails?

With an alcohol content of approximately 12.6%, the Kir Imperial falls within the average range for champagne cocktails. It's slightly stronger than a standard glass of Champagne or prosecco due to the addition of crème de framboise, but generally lighter in alcohol content compared to cocktails that include hard spirits, making it an excellent choice for those preferring a milder yet elegant drink.

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