My theme – “26 Things I’d Like To See During Our Trip To France”
K is for “Kir”
What is this? Qu’est-ce que c’est ?
First of all, there are just not very many French words/places/things which begin with “K”. Sorry. Luckily there are a few, and one of them comes from Dijon, where I am already sure we will go. So for “K” I am back to Dijon. Now, my husband and I are not really “apéritif” people, generally speaking, but there is something special about experiencing a thing in the place where it originated. For instance, when we went to Buffalo, NY, we did indeed go to the famous “Anchor Bar” and eat “Buffalo” wings. And we tried the Guinness in Ireland. (You know, so they wouldn’t kick us out of the country, much less the pub! 😉 ) So since we will go to Dijon, I think at least once while we are there, an “aperitif” is in our future.
So Qu’est-ce que c’est? A Kir is a cocktail made with Crème de Cassis, a blackcurrant liqueur made in Dijon, and a white Burgundy wine, commonly white Burgundy Alicoté wine. If you have Champagne instead of the wine, then you have a Kir Royal. It is named for Félix Kir, who was mayor of Dijon from just after WWII until the late 60’s. He was known to have served the drink to his VIP guests.Where is it? Où est-ce?
I will need to do a little research to figure out which restaurant to visit in Dijon to properly enjoy a Kir apéritif, which the Almighty Internet assures me is traditionally served with les gougères (Little puffs of cheesy goodness, also a specialty of Bourgogne.) Perhaps one of my cher lecteurs can guide me on this one.
Why do I want to go there? Pourquoi est-ce que je veux y aller ?
Certain things are just quintessentially “French.” In reading novels or watching movies, I just hear certain words and think “Oh…so French!” Kir is one of those things. It has a glamorous “old movie” feel about it for me, it is one of those cocktails which kind of belongs to a bygone era, at least in my little pea-brain. You know, in order for it to properly be called Kir, it must be made with Lejay-Lagoute Crème de Cassis, otherwise you have a “Blanc-Cassis.” I’ve heard that this really makes a huge difference. I’m certainly no cocktail connaisseur, and to be honest, I’ve never had a Kir or even a “Blanc-cassis”, so I will certainly not have a comparison. In any case, I figure it would be sort of a shame to go to Dijon and not try this, because if it’s going to be the only one I ever have, I’d like for it to be the original 🙂 Who knows, maybe it will make me glamorous ?! (“Quelle idée” says the nerdy girl, smirking in disbelief at the idea. BTW I think that “quelle idée” in this context just might be French for “As IF!” )
And you, dear A to Z-ers? Et vous ?
Have you tried this drink? Did you like it? If so, are you more glamorous now than you were before? Dites-moi !