Kir is a cocktail made with a measure of creme de cassis (blackcurrant liquor) topped up with white wine. In France it is usually drunk as an aperitif before a meal or snack. Originally the wine used was Bourgogne Aligote, a lesser white wine of Burgundy. Nowadays, various white wines are used throughout France, according to the region and the whim of the barkeeper. Many prefer a white chardonnay-based Burgundy, such as Chablis. It is named after Felix Kir (1876 - 1968), mayor of Dijon in Burgundy, who as a pioneer of the twinning movement in the aftermath of the Second World War popularized the drink by offering it at receptions to visiting delegations. Besides treating his international guests well, he was also promoting two vital economic products of the region. Following the commercial development of creme de cassis in 1841 the cocktail became a popular regional cafe drink under the name of blanc-cass, but has since become inextricably linked internationally with the name of Mayor Kir. When ordering a kir, waiters in France now normally ask whether you want it made with cassis (blackcurrant), mure (blackberry) or peche (peach). The Kir Royale is simply a variation of the Kir using Champagne or other sparkling wine.
- 1 shot Domaine Sathenay Creme de Cassis Liqueur
- Fill up with champagne in a champagne flute & Garnish with a lemon twist.