Lillet Blanc — The Vesper Cocktail

Lillet Blanc — The Vesper Cocktail

If you have not tried Lillet Blanc, a French aperitif, we strongly recommend you do. Our favorite way to enjoy it is on the rocks with a wedge of lime or lemon.

Lillet is a brand of French aperitif that was established in 1872. An aperitif is an alcoholic beverage that’s served before a meal to stimulate your appetite. But, we also enjoy it on its own as a simple cocktail.

An aperitif can be anything from a liqueur to a dry Champagne or a fortified wine. Lillet is a fortified wine—or more specifically a blend of wines that is married with orange peels, a blend of fruit liqueurs and quinine, and then aged in French oak barrels. What you end up with is a light, refreshing, fruity wine that’s served chilled.

Lillet Blanc is a medium color white wine, made from Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes. The nose is of honey and orange and a hint of mint. While the nose may lead you to expect a sweet dessert wine, in fact, Lillet Blanc leads with a taste of firm bitterness, which suddenly diminishes, leaving a lingering trace of orange, honey, and herbaceousness on the palate.

If you want to get more elaborate, there are several delicious cocktail recipes that use Lillet as an ingredient, a few that include gin. One of our favorites is The Vesper.

The Vesper
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Cucumber Collins Cocktail

Cucumber Collins Cocktail

The Cucumber Collins is a great cocktail for entertaining on a hot summer weekend.

The Cucumber Collins is a fresh variation on the classic Tom Collins cocktail. Traditionally made with vodka, ours is made with gin for extra flavor. And, you can substitute a good-quality vodka if you prefer.

Cucumber Collins
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The Backyard Hammock

The Backyard HammockThis tropically-flavored drink has a split base of rum and Scotch. The curaçao adds a citrusy note and the coconut water smoothness. Make certain to freeze the coconut water ice cubes in plenty of time before serving.

The Backyard Hammock
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Boozy Watermelon Slushy

Boozy Watermelon SlushyThis updated frozen cocktail relies on fresh watermelon—and we recommend finding the ripest seedless watermelon available. Our slushy keeps the flavor of watermelon in the forefront with the citrus of the Aperol balancing the warmth of the tequila. For a visual twist, try it with yellow watermelon.

This is a great summertime drink for enjoying with company on a hot afternoon.

Boozy Watermelon Slushy
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Blueberry Lavender Lemonade Cocktail

Blueberry Lavender Lemonade CocktailThis gorgeous Blueberry Lavender Lemonade Cocktail is perfect as we shift towards warmer weather. The blueberries add a fantastic color and the lavender creates floral overtones. Perfect for sipping outside in the sunshine. Or, pack a thermos full for your next picnic.

Blueberry Lavender Lemonade Cocktail
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We like to make the lemonade by the pitcher, and then add a shot of vodka to each glass. That way you can adjust the amount of vodka for the individual, and leave some lemonade for your designated driver (or the kids). But, you can always just stir in a cup of vodka to the pitcher before serving.  Read more…