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A Wine Kir Kind of Day

On my radar today - a Wine Kir with Crème de Cassis

I’m not one to exclude any one type of alcoholic beverage – I’m all for equal opportunity drinking. I’m proud to say I enjoy exploring the craft beer category and have had fun learning to pair food and wine. So with today being National Wine Day (why not?!), it seems fitting to pair together two of our favorite alcohol categories: wine and spirits.

Wine and champagne cocktails  are continuing to see a growth in popularity, and the Kir is a fantastic starting point to explore these cocktails. The sweetness of the Hiram Walker Crème de Cassis I use in this recipe is toned down by the dryness of a favorite Brut champagne or chilled white wine. Together, they simply pair well for a light, refreshing cocktail.

Wine Kir

  • 1 part Hiram Walker Crème de Cassis
  • 4 parts chilled dry white wine

Serve in a wine glass with or without ice. Garnish with lemon twist.

Keep this recipe in your personal cocktail reservoir for Memorial Day weekend coming up – it’s perfect for sitting outside and sipping on a warm summer day!


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Muse in the Form of a Kir

Inspiration struck earlier this week. There was a perfectly petite 200 ml bottle of Hiram Walker Creme de Cassis, coupled with a bottle of Brut and a relatively sunny New England afternoon, and the muse struck. It was time for a Kir Royale!

For what this drink (photographed) lacks in proper glassware and twist garnish, it makes up with flavor. The vibrant, deep-red color and sweet profile of the Cassis come from the blackcurrant berry. I measured one part Creme de Cassis with four parts of a dry Brut sparkling wine; the combination of the two made for a very well balanced drink, not sickly sweet.

Champagne cocktails are perfect for a variety of occasions. Give this one a try for when inspiration strikes you next!


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