Meet Kir (pronounced “keer”). Kir is a modern girl with a 70’s aesthetic. She loves patio parties, shrimp cocktail and anything bougie. Her spirit animal is Rosalyn Rosenfeld from American Hustle (played by Jennifer Lawrence).
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Kir is a French cocktail that was originally called blanc-cassis until the mayor of Dijon, Félix Kir, popularized the drink around the 1950’s-60’s.
It’s a great way to dress up a glass of mediocre white wine. While there is a recipe for Kir, it has changed a bit over the years both in the amount of crème de cassis and in the type of wine used. Ultimately, the variations depend on the tastes of whoever is making it. Use more crème de cassis for something cloyingly sweet; less for just a pop of color and black currant flavor.
Kir should typically be made with aligoté, Bourgogne blanc, or pouilly-fuissé. These varietals, however, can be difficult to find in the United States. Stick with something dry and unoaked, like a pinot grigio or Chablis.
Kir Royale: Made with a Brut Champagne.
Kir Impérial: Made with Chambord instead of crème de cassis.
Kir Pèche: Made with peach liqueur.
Pink Russian: Made with milk instead of wine.
Kir Normande: Made with cider instead of wine.
- 2 tbsp crème de cassis
- 6 oz dry white wine wine should be dry and unoaked, like a chablis or pinot grigio
Pour the crème de cassis in a wine glass. Top off with the wine.