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Lillet-what to do with it?

JohnE O Jul 14, 2009 07:34 AM

I picked up a bottle of Lillet blanc and have it chilling. I can't say I've ever had it before so I'm asking what would be a nice use for it on a warm summer evening? Suggestions?

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    French Foodie RE: JohnE O Jul 14, 2009 11:28 AM

    Personally I find Lillet blanc drinks beautifully as an apertif on its own with a small orange slice garnish. Regarding cocktails, it makes a great Vesper with some minor modifications since the original Kina Lillet was a bit more bitter

    1.5 oz gin
    0.5 oz vodka (preferrably 100 proof)
    0.25 oz Lillet blanc
    1 Small dash of Angostura bitters or even better a small pinch of quinine (to more accurately replicate the bite of the original kina lillet.

    Shake until ice cold, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with a long lemon twist. Do not use olives, it will ruin the subtelty of the drink.

    1. MMRuth RE: JohnE O Jul 14, 2009 11:29 AM

      I really like it with a lime twist, and, occasionally, a splash of soda water.

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        Caitlin McGrath RE: MMRuth Jul 18, 2009 08:14 PM

        Me too - lime and a bit of soda to cut the sweet.

      2. tommy RE: JohnE O Jul 14, 2009 11:41 AM

        Corpse Reviver #2

        Nice on a warm summer's morning.

        1. JohnE O RE: JohnE O Jul 14, 2009 05:04 PM

          Thanks. Tried the lillet and lime and it was nice and light. I also tried the Vesper. It tasted a little like a Collins. Thanks for the recs.

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            dfan RE: JohnE O Jul 15, 2009 10:15 AM

            I enjoy Lillet just by itself as an aperitif, especially on a warm evening on the porch.

            If I put it in a cocktail it is usually a 20th Century (1.5 oz gin, 0.5 oz Lillet, 0.5 oz lemon juice, 0.25 oz creme de cacao) or my own invention the Special Snowflake (2 oz gin, 0.5 oz Lillet, 0.5 oz St Germain).

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              TooLooseLaTrek RE: JohnE O Jul 17, 2009 02:51 PM

              Second the Corpse Reviver #2 rec. An excellent drink.One of my favorite light sippers is 1/2 Lillet Blanc and 1/2 Sweet vermouth with juice from 1/2 to a whole lime in a rocks glass.

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                davis_sq_pro RE: TooLooseLaTrek Jul 19, 2009 11:36 AM

                I do the same thing (I think it's called a Duplex if you're using dry + sweet vermouth), using Punt e Mes + Lillet 50:50, with a couple of dashes of orange bitters and a lemon twist, in a white wine glass (I keep my fortified wines in the fridge, so no chilling necessary). Really nice, light drink for the summer...

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                johnbrowneyes RE: JohnE O Dec 30, 2010 03:34 PM

                I use Lillet Blanc in place of dry vermouth in a Gin Martini. I don't care for the taste of dry vermouth. With a dash orange bitters. Also, chilled on it's own is nice. And the Vesper is a fantastic cocktail before a good dinner: 3 oz Tanqueray gin, 1 oz Russian vodka, 1/2 oz Lillet Blanc. Shake and serve with lemon peel.

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