During World War II, as Americans were planting backyard victory gardens, residents of Burgundy, France responded to wartime privation in the most French way imaginable: They created an elegant cocktail out of Nazi-resistant wine.

The Kir cocktail is made with one part crème de cassis, or blackcurrant liqueur, and four parts dry white wine. Its festive cousin, the Kir Royale, is blackcurrant liqueur plus Champagne

Both cocktails are reportedly named for Felix Kir, a Catholic priest and decorated member of the French resistance. When Nazi soldiers marched into Dijon, Burgundy, in 1940, many local officials fled. Kir remained in the city, helping more than 4,000 prisoners of war escape from a nearby camp.

Cava or Prosecco, Cassis, Cherry Garnish.



  • glass (206g )
  • Calories from Fat 0.5. Calories 192.
  • 0% Total Fat 0.1g.
  • 0% Saturated Fat 0g.
  • 0% Cholesterol 0mg.
  • 0% Sodium 9.5mg.
  • 4% Potassium 144mg.
  • 4% Total Carbohydrates 11g.


  • 3 to 4 tablespoons Crème de Cassis, Crème de Framboise or Chambord
  • 1 (750 ml) bottle dry sparkling wine or Champagne, chilled
  • 1/4 cup fresh raspberries, optional

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