Kirs are colorful, fun, and festive in just about every way. The name Kir comes from Felix Kir who was a French priest and resistance fighter during the second world war. He allegedly loved to serve Kirs, which he made with crème de cassis and Aligoté, a dry white wine from the Burgundy region in France. Traditionally, a Kir Royale is made with champagne and a Cidre Royal is made with Dry Hard Cider and an apple Brandy like Calvados or Pommeau. Stir the two together and you’ve got a kir cidre royale !
The star ingredient of a kir cidre royale is a splash of crème de cassis — a blackcurrant liqueur, with a deep burgundy hue that mixes wonderfully with other bases. To me, these drinks are a dressed up version of the classic Shirley Temple.
In a glass, combine the crème de cassis, wine, and cider.