What is Lillet? In a nutshell, it’s a type of aromatised wine from France. Often enjoyed as an aperitif, this perfumed drink is also a frequent ingredient in cocktails and the base of very easy to make spritzers.
With a history that traces back to 1872, Lillet has become associated with relaxed summer sipping à la française. It comes from the region of Bordeaux and it combines wine with sweet oranges from Turkey, Spain or Morocco, bitter oranges from Haiti, and quinine from South America. Some oak ageing helps it achieve a soft and rich character.
Lillet is available in three styles: Lillet Blanc, Lillet Rouge, and Lillet Rosé. The recipe below uses Lillet Rosé, and it’s a low-alcohol and delicious spritzer to try, specially if you like G&Ts.
Lillet Rosé Spritz – Spritzer Recipe
– 50ml Lillet Rosé
– 100ml premium tonic water
– Slice of lime
– Sliced strawberries
1. Pour the chilled Lillet Rosé into a large wine glass full of ice cubes.
2. Add the tonic water and stir gently. Garnish with lime and strawberry.
Lillet has an ABV of 17% and it’s widely available in good off licences in Dublin, including Celtic Whiskey Shop. It’s priced at €26.