The return of The Kir Cocktail

The Kir, a cocktail made of of crème de cassis (blackcurrant liqueur) and white wine, is back, reports The Wall Street Journal. The Kir originated in France’s Burgundy region and is named for Felix Kir, a World War II resistance fighter, priest, and mayor of Dijon. Legend has it Kir declared the red-tinted cocktail the official beverage of Dijon’s … [ Read more]

Absinthe: The Drink of Aesthetes

Absinthe—the naturally green liquor derived from wormwood and herbs like anise or fennel— was the drink of choice for such artists as Vincent Van Gogh and Oscar Wilde. Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Pablo Picasso filled the glasses of cafe patrons with absinthe in their paintings. Absinthe, it seems, was a drink of aesthetes. Yet for … [ Read more]