When preparing aperitifs, sparkling wine or champagne are often used as fillers (as in the French 75, Bellini, Mimosa, Hugo or Aperol Spritz). The Kir Cocktail is different. It is one of the very few cocktails that consists of white wine and crème de cassis. A very special mixture, isn’t it? We’ll show you what the Kir tastes like and how to prepare it. Have fun discovering the exciting recipe and experiencing the unique taste!
- 1 cl Creme de Cassis
- 9 cl white wine
Step by Step Guide
- Pour the crème de cassis into a wine glass.
- Fill the glass with white wine and stir gently with a bar spoon.
- Serve or enjoy yourself!
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Since the Kir Cocktail consists of just two different ingredients, the preparation is correspondingly simple. First, measure out the crème de cassis with a jigger and pour it into a wine glass. Then pour the white wine into the glass. Now carefully mix the two ingredients with a bar spoon. Then the drink is ready and you can serve it. It could hardly be simpler!
- Cocktail Shaker
- Wine glass
Flavour profile of the Kir Cocktail
The flavour of the Kir Cocktail is dominated by white wine. This taste is pleasantly underlined by the sweet, fruity aromas of crème de cassis. The best thing is to try the drink for yourself and convince yourself of its taste. In our opinion, the Kir has a very pleasant taste and does not taste too alcoholic. Therefore, it can be served as an aperitif before the meal (like the Hugo or Aperol Spritz), but also cuts a good figure during the meal (like the Mimosa or White Russian).
From France to the whole world
The Kir Cocktail is said to have been invented in France in the 19th century. At that time, however, it was still called something else. It was Felix Kir who made the mixed drink popular after the Second World War. The man was mayor of Dijon, a city in France. By serving the cocktail named after him, Felix Kir wanted to promote the regional products (crème de cassis and white wine). Every guest of Dijon was served a Kir cocktail.
Felix Kir is not only known thanks to the cocktail named after him. He was also instrumental in the creation of Franco-German friendship. He was even awarded the Federal Cross of Merit for this. Over the years, the cocktail spread all over the world. It was only through appearances in television series that it really became known. After that, the drink could be enjoyed in various cocktail bars. Today, the Kir has lost some of its popularity. It is rarely found on cocktail menus. If you ever have the chance, you should definitely order this drink. Alternatively, you can of course use our simple recipe and enjoy the harmonious and fresh Kir cocktail at home.
What is Kir?
Kir is a very well-known cocktail made from white wine and crème de cassis. The drink tastes pleasantly fruity and fresh and is easy to prepare.
How do you prepare the drink?
The preparation is very simple. Simply pour Creme de Cassis and then white wine into a glass. Then stir the mixture well with a bar spoon. And that’s it. That’s how quickly you can prepare a fruity-fresh cocktail.
What makes it special?
The mixed drink is popular because of its pleasant fresh-fruity taste. Another special feature is that it is easy to prepare. You can have this harmonious drink ready in just two minutes.
How did the cocktail become famous?
The drink was made famous by the mayor of Dijon (Felix Kir). He served the drink, made from regional ingredients, to every guest. In addition to making the cocktail famous, the man is also credited with the birth of Franco-German friendship.