If you like berry flavored cocktails then this classic is a great choice. It is a perfect wine cocktail to serve at an open house, business reception, or casual cocktail party because it is very simple and, depending on the wine, can be very inexpensive.
The Kir is one of the few cocktails that use the blackcurrant liqueur called creme de cassis, which acts as a dark sweetener for your favorite wine.
The choice of white wine is something of personal taste; dry wines are preferred, Chablis is a great option. This is also a great use for wines that are, shall we say, not perfect on their own and could use a little help to make a decent drink.
There are also many variations of the Kir (see below), each unique but carrying on the Kir tradition.
- Pour the creme de cassis into a wine glass.
- Slowly add the dry white wine.
The History of the Kir Cocktail
The Kir became popular in French cafes in the middle of the 19th century and was further popularized by Felix Kir after World War II. The then mayor of Dijon in Burgundy, France, served the drink often to promote his region's fine products (wine and creme de cassis). The name Kir has been associated with the drink ever since.
Variations of the Kir Cocktail
- Cardinal: Substitute red wine for the white wine.
- Kir Breton: Substitute Breton cider for the wine.
- Kir Imperial: Substitute raspberry liqueur for the creme de cassis and Champagne for the wine.
- Kir Normand: Substitute Normandy cider for the wine.
- Kir Royale: Substitute Champagne for the white wine, serve in a Champagne flute.