Thursday, November 11, 2010

Kir, the DIY Aperitif

Beyond the endless variety of vins (wine), Kir is my favorite French beverage. It is made with creme de cassis, a blackcurrant liqueur and topped with white wine. The mayor of Dijon, Felix Kir introduced the drink to France after WWII, serving it at official receptions. There do exist some Kir variations, the most famous being Kir Royale, which uses champagne.

For a traditional Kir, you will need:

  • 1 oz. cassis
  • 4 oz. dry white wine
Pour the cassis into a wine glass and top it off with the white wine. Sip slowly, savor it and dream of springtime in Paris! 

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