Tuesday Tipple

It has come to my attention that some people around the internets have no idea with Lillet is.

Lillet is a wine aperitif and comes in several varieties, the most popular being the original, Lillet Blanc. I say “original” loosely, since the formulation was changed in recent times to remove the original addition of quinine, which the company no longer figured was necessary and also, would make the aperitif smoother. It is served well chilled or on the rocks, and usually with the addition of a citrus twist. I prefer a blood orange twist, due to my sweet tooth, but lemon is also a nice option. And no, I didn’t get fond of it because of Hannibal Lecter. I was introduced to it by a German friend who imbibed it with tonic water and cucumber slices.

Why she liked a salad in her drink, I’ll never know.

You can also use it in cocktails such as the very famous Vesper (thank you, Sir Ian Fleming) and the Corpse Reviver. It’s a nice staple to have on hand when you have company coming over and really don’t feel like being a mixologist because you spent the entire day getting the house ready and would rather spend time sitting and drinking.


LC Aggie Sith


  1. Welcome back! As a big fan, your absence had me concerned. I am a BIG Lillet fan, but wish more bars kept a bottle handy (chilled of course). I discovered the Vesper Martini only a few years ago, they are now my “go to” favorite in the summer. Cheers!

    • Thank you for your concern, and glad you enjoy the Lillet. It really is a wonderful go-to for me!!

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