Canon Felix Kir, a Resistance hero and, later, mayor of Dijon, gave his name to this simple wine cocktail, traditionally made with the rustic Burgundian white wine called aligote. To make a kir royale, substitute champagne for the wine.

Kir Kir
To make a proper French kir, don't stint on the creme de cassis—the final result should be a dark rose hue.
Yield: makes 1 Cocktail


  • 6 oz. chilled dry white wine (preferably aligoté, bourgogne blanc, or pouilly-fuissé)
  • 2 Tbsp. crème de cassis


  1. Pour wine into a wine glass and add crème de cassis, ensuring the mixture attains a dark rosé hue.