The Classic Kir Cocktail

This simple, elegant, two-ingredient classic cocktail is both the perfect apéritif, and a great way to use your leftover white wine.
A classic Kir cocktail / Getty

Courtesy William Elliott, bar director, Maison Premiere, New York City

Despite its simple recipe, the Kir cocktail’s roots are highly debated. The drink gets its name from Félix Kir, who in the early 20th century was mayor of Dijon, France. Some believe Kir offered the cocktail to foreign visitors, who brought the recipe back home. Others believe the drink was created in response to red Burgundy being confiscated during World War II. It’s traditionally made with Aligoté, the “other” Burgundian white variety that isn’t Chardonnay, but any leftover dry white wine will do.

Simple Cocktail Recipes for Leftover Wine
Ingredients
  • 4½ ounces Aligoté (or other dry white wine)
  • ¾ ounce Crème de Cassis
Directions

In wine glass, add Crème de Cassis to chilled Aligoté. Swirl to mix.

Published on March 15, 2018


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