This simple drink brings together two things from the French city of Dijon: dry white wine and crème de cassis, a black currant liqueur. The drink owes its name to Felix Kir, long-time mayor of Dijon, who promoted his Kir by serving it to almost anyone who passed through town. The key to hizzoner’s drink is to keep glasses and ingredients ice cold.
1 tablespoon creme de cassis
4 to 5 ounces of dry white wine
Put cassis in the glass and slowly pour in the wine. Leave unadorned; garnish, if you must, with a lemon twist.
Tasting notes: Rich fruit notes of the cassis balance beautifully with flinty dry wine.
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