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Kir Imperial: A French Champagne Delight

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The Kir Imperial is an elegant Champagne Cocktail that originated in France. It is a popular French aperitif and it is my favorite way to drink Champagne. There are different Kir Cocktails made with different liqueurs and this one is known as the Kir Imperial as it uses Chambord.

Now, let’s explore how to make the Kir Imperial—a French cocktail that’s both elegant and delightful—by combining Chambord and Champagne in a seamless and enjoyable way.

kir imperial

The Chambord Elegance

Chambord is a french black raspberry liqueur that pairs wonderfully with the taste of crisp champagne. The raspberry liqueur not only makes the cocktail a lovely color it enhances the flavor with a slightly sweet berry nuance.


  • 1 Bottle Korbel Brut Champagne (or any dry Champagne or Prosecco)
  • 1/2 Shot Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
  • 1 Fresh Raspberry (for garnish)
ingredients for kir imperial


1. The Foundation

Pour 1/2 a shot of Chambord into your Champagne glass, creating a flavorful foundation for the Kir Imperial.

2. The Crown

Fill the glass to the top with your chosen Champagne or Prosecco. Opting for a Brut Champagne ensures a dry and crisp profile, complementing the sweet notes of raspberries.

3. A Touch of Elegance

Garnish your drink with a fresh raspberry, either perched on the edge of a coupe glass or delicately floating in a flute. The visual appeal adds to the overall experience, making your Kir Imperial a treat for the senses.

kir imperial with raspberry garnish

Serving Suggestions

This cocktail allows for a personal touch. Feel free to adjust the Chambord quantity based on your sweetness preference. The choice between a coupe glass and a flute is also yours to make, offering flexibility in presentation.

Making Memories on New Year’s Eve

Perfect for ringing in the New Year, the Kir Imperial adds a touch of sophistication to your celebrations. The beautiful pink hue, coupled with the freshness of berries, makes this cocktail an ideal choice for elevating your New Year’s Eve festivities.


Incredibly easy to make, the Kir Imperial requires minimal effort, allowing you to focus on the joy of sharing this exquisite drink with your loved ones.

So, grab bottle of Chambord, easily found at your local grocery store or liquor outlet, and toast to good health and happiness in the New Year.

Cheers to celebrating in style!

Kir Imperial

A French Champagne cocktail made with Chambord and Brut Champagne that has a lovely pink hue and a subtle taste of raspberries
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks


  • 1 Bottle Korbel Brut Champagne You can use any dry champagne or prosecco
  • 1/2 Shot Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
  • 1 Fresh Raspberry as a garnish


  • Pour 1/2 a shot of Chambord in your Champagne Glass
  • Fill to top with Champagne
  • Garnish with Fresh Raspberry on the edge of glass
  • Enjoy!
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