Lillet, the classic apéritif from Bordeaux and a staple of sidewalk cafes and early evening cocktail parties across Paris is quickly becoming the must have Summer Spritz in Ireland. The iconic French aperitif Lillet was created in 1872 and is a blend of wine and citrus liqueurs, carefully crafted and aged in oak to impart a soft and rich character. Currently available in three varieties, Lillet Blanc, Lillet Rouge, and Lillet Rosé, Lillet is considered the ultimate summer aperitif.
With a smooth, fruity taste that encapsulates the seaside lifestyle, Lillet’s delicious blend of carefully chosen wines and fruit infusions makes every moment one to savour; a ‘Lillet moment’. Every year, Lillet carefully selects the best fruits, fruit peels and barks for their freshness and aromatic richness; sweet oranges from Turkey, Spain or Morocco, bitter oranges from Haiti, and quinine from South America. These are blended with red or white wine and other secret ingredients to create this delicious aperitif. Lillet Blanc and Lillet Rouge cuvées spend several months in oak barrels allowing the aromas to mellow and its unique characteristic taste to mature, while Lillet Rosé is bottled directly to keep its freshness and lightness.
Ideal for creating the ultimate summer feel, Lillet is best enjoyed as a spritz, and the Lillet Rosé Spritz is the prettiest cocktail you’ll see this summer. Creating the ultimate Instagram moment, whether it’s lunch with the girls, during a summer barbeque or an al fresco evening meal, Lillet Spritz is beautifully presented, but so easy to make at home. The Lillet Rosé Spritz is light, fruity and low in alcohol, making it the perfect accompaniment to relaxed get-togethers with friends.
You can easily make your own Lillet Rosé Spritz at home by using the following recipe.
LILLET ROSÉ SPRITZ
50ml Lillet Rosé
100ml premium tonic water
Slice of lime
Pour the chilled Lillet Rosé into a large wine glass full of ice cubes. Add the tonic water and stir gently. Garnish with lime and strawberry.
Lillet is available in three variants, Lillet Blanc, Lillet Rouge and Lillet Rosé, at RRP €26 for a 700ml bottle in all good off licences, including O’Brien’s and the Celtic Whiskey Shop.