Kir is a popular French apéritif made by adding crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) to dry white wine. It is typically served chilled as a refreshing and fruity cocktail.
- 9 cl (9 parts) white wine
- 1 cl (1 part) crème de cassis
Add the crème de cassis to the bottom of the glass, then top up with wine.
Directions for how to make the Kir
- Take a Wine glass (white).
- Measure and pour 1 cl (1 part) of crème de cassis into the bottom of the glass.
- Measure and pour 9 cl (9 parts) of white wine into the glass, filling it up to the top.
- Stir the mixture in the glass gently.
- Add ice if desired.
- Serve and enjoy!
Tips for how to make the perfect Kir
- Chill the wine and the crème de cassis before preparing the drink.
- Use a 1:5 ratio of crème de cassis to wine for the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity.
- Swirl the crème de cassis at the bottom of the glass before pouring the wine on top for a beautiful color gradient.
- Garnish with a twist of lemon peel for an extra pop of flavor.
Alcohol-free alternative to the Kir
An alcohol-free alternative to the drink Kir is a mocktail called “Berry Fizz”.
- 1/2 cup mixed berries (such as strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries)
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 1/2 cup sparkling water
- In a blender, blend mixed berries, honey, and lime juice until smooth.
- Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.
- Top with sparkling water and stir gently.
- Garnish with a lime wedge and a few fresh berries.
Enjoy your refreshing and fruity non-alcoholic alternative to Kir!
Kir fun facts
- Kir is a French apéritif made by combining white wine with crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur).
- Kir was named after Félix Kir, a mayor of the Burgundy region in France, who popularized the drink in the 1940s.
- The classic ratio for Kir is four parts white wine to one part crème de cassis, but variations include using red wine instead of white or adding a splash of raspberry liqueur.
- In France, Kir is typically served before a meal as a palate cleanser and to stimulate the appetite.
- A variation of Kir, called Kir Royale, substitutes champagne for white wine, creating a more decadent and celebratory cocktail.