A classic kir is made with aligoté wine and crème de cassis (black currant liqueur), both of which come from the Burgundy region of France. Once you have the classic down (a glass of white wine with just a hint of cassis), variations abound. Substitute sparkling wine for the aligoté, and it becomes a kir royale. Add red wine, and it’s a Bourgogne. If you’re over wine entirely, dry hard cider (and a splash of Calvados, if you’re feeling extra) turns the drink into a kir Normand, its name nodding to Normandy. Whatever base you choose, kirs easily veer saccharine when weighed down with a hefty pour of crème de cassis. Exercise restraint with the potent liqueur — aim for a more dusty rose hue than magenta — but feel free to drink in rapid succession.
- Serves: 1 person
- Scant 1/2 ounce crème de cassis
- 5to 6 ounces dry white wine, chilled
Step 1In a wine glass, combine the cassis and wine. Serve immediately.