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.

Kir recipe

  • 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

  1. Take a Wine glass (white).
  2. Measure and pour 1 cl (1 part) of crème de cassis into the bottom of the glass.
  3. Measure and pour 9 cl (9 parts) of white wine into the glass, filling it up to the top.
  4. Stir the mixture in the glass gently.
  5. Add ice if desired.
  6. 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
  • Ice


  1. In a blender, blend mixed berries, honey, and lime juice until smooth.
  2. Strain the mixture into a glass filled with ice.
  3. Top with sparkling water and stir gently.
  4. Garnish with a lime wedge and a few fresh berries.

Enjoy your refreshing and fruity non-alcoholic alternative to Kir!

Kir fun facts

  1. Kir is a French apéritif made by combining white wine with crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur).
  2. Kir was named after Félix Kir, a mayor of the Burgundy region in France, who popularized the drink in the 1940s.
  3. 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.
  4. In France, Kir is typically served before a meal as a palate cleanser and to stimulate the appetite.
  5. A variation of Kir, called Kir Royale, substitutes champagne for white wine, creating a more decadent and celebratory cocktail.