A kir is extremely unique because it is a wine cocktail, which is extremely rare. It certainly is not a popular cocktail worldwide by any means, but regardless, had its prime in France during the 19th century, where it spread across Europe before it faded and people turned to other wines and liquors to satisfy their needs and tastes.
Interestingly enough, there was actually a brief period of time when the drink was revived, but only because after World War 2, the German army had confiscated much of France’s burgundy supply, and so the French had to get more inventive. The drink itself is named after Felix KIr, a French catholic priest, resistance figher, and politician, who at one point was the mayor of Dijon in Burgundy.
- ¼ ounce of crème de cassis (or Chambord)
- 2 ¼ ounces of dry white wine
- Pour the crème de cassis (or Chambord) into a wine glass.
- Slowly add the white wine.
- Wine glass
The French still often use the kir as an aperitif, or a drink that is enjoyed before a meal or snack. In French cafes and restaurants, waiters usually ask customers whether they want the drink made with blackcurrant, peach, or blackberry. It should be noted that the mayor originally allowed his name to be attributed to the drink for one producer, but eventually was convinced to allow the name for their competitors, as well.
He is associated with the drink and forever immortalized with it internationally, as he passed away in 1968. One comic origin story about the drink which may or may not be true was that mayor actually came up with the drink because he wanted the crème de cassis to balance out the taste of an inferior white wine which was produced in the region during a particular year. Regardless, kir can be found mostly in Europe, and is still served, even though it is a rare gem in the alcohol world that isn’t to be served everywhere.