The Kir cocktail is a delightful and refreshing French drink made with crème de cassis and white wine, perfect for sipping on a warm afternoon.

The Kir cocktail is a popular French apéritif made with crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) and white wine. It was created by Félix Kir, a Catholic priest and mayor of Dijon, France, who served the cocktail at official events in the 1940s and 1950s to promote the local wine industry.

The cocktail is typically served in a wine glass and is named after its inventor, although it is sometimes referred to as a Kir Royale when made with champagne instead of white wine. Today, the Kir cocktail is enjoyed all over the world and has become a classic of French cuisine.


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Recipe by Julian Solorzano Cuisine: Classic CocktailDifficulty: Easy ????


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  • 5 Ounces White wine: French Chardonnay

  • .25 Ounces Cassis

  • Lemon zest coin for garnish


  • Pour the cassis into a white wine glass and add the white wine.
  • Garnish with the lemon zest coin, if desired.

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Written by Chris Harris, Staff Writer

Howdy. I’m Chris Harris. One of the writers here at Cocktail Hammer. I have a passion for all things food, wine, and mixology. When I’m not I’m behind the bar or writing for this awesome blog, you can find me riding my bike all across New York City.

Edited by Julian Solorzano, Staff Editor

Hailing from Queens, New York, Julian Solorzano served four years in the United States Air Force, traveling throughout Europe and experiencing the best of the local cultures, including their passion for good food and wine. He has since grown an appreciation for all things wine and mixology. Julian fuses that passion with his skills in writing, photography, and video production to share his passion with the world.

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