Kir Royale – Classic Recipe & History

Kir Royale

Kir Royale

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Course: DrinksCuisine: French
Servings

1

servings
Calories

251

kcal
ABV

12%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the a classic Kir Royale.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Black Currant Liqueur

  • 3 oz Sparkling Wine

Directions

  • Simply combine the ingredients in the serving glass.

Notes

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The History Of The Kir Royale.

The Kir and Kir Royale are named after the Catholic priest Félix Kir, a Nazi resistance fighter in the Dijon region during WWII. Félix Kir is credited with helping around 5,000 POWs escape during the war. After the war ended, he was elected mayor of Dijon, where he stayed for 23 years till his death in 1968.

Unable to get red wine from neighboring regions of France, Felix combined the two regional beverages of Creme de Cassis and a dry, acidic white wine made from the Aligoté grape to create the Kir. I think the proportions I have provided are spot on, but the goal of adding the Creme de Cassis is to take the dry acid edge off the white wine and give it an air of red wine. You’re looking to make white wine with a mild currant flavor and not a sweet cocktail. I recommend using as dry of wine as possible because the creme de cassis is already really sweet, and if you start with sweet wine, then it’s just a bit too much, and you lose the other flavors. The dryer the wine, the better.

The fancy version of the Kir, the Kir Royale is a beautiful and fruity champagne cocktail. I recommend using as dry of champagne as possible because the creme de cassis is already really sweet, and if you start with sweet champagne, then it’s just a bit too much, and you lose the other flavors. The dryer the wine, the better.

What Is The Difference Between The Kir And The Kir Royale?

The Kir is made with still white wine, while the Kir Royale is made with sparkling white wine. It is a French cocktail, so there is an assumption Champagne will be used, but any white sparkling wine will do. The Kir Royale has more of a celebration feel to it white the regular Kir is more of an everyday drink.

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Polichinelle – Classic Recipe & History

Polichinelle Cocktail

Polichinelle

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Course: DrinksCuisine: Italian
Servings

1

servings
Calories

254

kcal
ABV

17%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the Polichinelle cocktail.

Ingredients

  • 2 oz

  • Black Currant Liqueur
  • 2/3 oz

  • Kirschwasser
  • 1 oz

  • Soda Water

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients except for the soda water in a separate mixing glass with ice.
  • Stir and combine those ingredients.
  • Pour into the serving glass. Lastly add the soda water.

Notes

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This recipe comes from Robert Vermeire and his 1922 book Cocktails and How to Mix Them. Written while he worked at the New York Embassy Club in London, this cocktail is named after the commedia dell’arte character Pulcinella. (Polichinelle is the French spelling of Pulcinella) This cocktail is pretty sweet, but it also has a decent amount of alcohol. If you like Porto, then this is right up your alley.

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Kir – Classic Recipe & History

Kir

Kir

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Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

134

kcal
ABV

12%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make the classic Kir.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz Black Currant Liqueur

  • 3 oz White Wine

Directions

  • Simply combine the ingredients in the serving glass.

Notes

Featured Video

The History Of The Kir.

The Kir is named after the Catholic priest Félix Kir, a Nazi resistance fighter in the Dijon region during WWII. Félix Kir is credited with helping around 5,000 POWs escape during the war. After the war ended, he was elected mayor of Dijon, where he stayed for 23 years till his death in 1968.

Unable to get red wine from neighboring regions of France, Felix combined the two regional beverages of Creme de Cassis and a dry, acidic white wine made from the Aligoté grape to create the Kir. I think the proportions I have provided are spot on, but the goal of adding the Creme de Cassis is to take the dry acid edge off the white wine and give it an air of red wine. You’re looking to make white wine with a mild currant flavor and not a sweet cocktail. I recommend using as dry of wine as possible because the creme de cassis is already really sweet, and if you start with sweet wine, then it’s just a bit too much, and you lose the other flavors. The dryer the wine, the better.

What Is The Difference Between The Kir And The Kir Royale?

The Kir is made with still white wine, while the Kir Royale is made with sparkling white wine. It is a French cocktail, so there is an assumption Champagne will be used, but any white sparkling wine will do. The Kir Royale has more of a celebration feel to it white the regular Kir is more of an everyday drink.

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