Toast to Bastille Day this year with LILLET, William Grant & Sons French aperitif
This holiday should always be celebrated with the time-honored tradition of toasting with a chilled Lillet summer cocktail. I saw pop that cork and let’s celebrate! I didn’t even know about the day or even the anniversary- wow 226th one! Amazing. I’m sitting in 100 degree weather so YES it would have been nice to be sipping on one these recipes.
Lillet the premiere aperitif from famed distiller William Grant & Sons is the perfect drink to celebrate France’s independence. First created in 1872 in Bordeaux, Lillet is made from an 85% blend of wine and 15% blend of citrus liqueurs that are available in three varieties (Blanc, Rogue, Rose).
Join us in celebrating the French Revolution in true Marie Antoinette extravagance with our specialty Lillet infused cocktail recipes- and don’t worry, you won’t lose your head!
Lillet Rouge and ginger beer are two ingredients that demonstrate brotherhood in their own right. A drink truly intended to bond over, this lighthearted French take on a traditional “Dark and Stormy”, will take you away to the rolling waves of Martinique. Santé!
- 2 parts Lillet Rouge
- 4 parts ginger beer (Baritts Ginger Beer is recommended)
- lime wedge
- Add spirit to Collins-style glass
- Top with ice, then ginger beer
- Garnish with lime wedge
A simple yet unusual drink, this Lillet Blanc and tea-blended cocktail will give you Liber-tea and freedom to enjoy your Bastille Day celebration as you wish!
- 2 parts Lillet Blanc
- 1 part cooled fruit tea blend of your choice (recommended peach, raspberry, orange, etc.)
- ½ part honey syrup*
- 2 parts soda water
- large wedge of fresh lemon
- small mint spring
Build spirit and cooled tea in Collins-styled glass
Add ice and top with soda water
Garnish with lemon wedge and small mint sprig
* = equal parts honey and water
We call this one “Égalité” after the Champagne-style blend method in which Lillet Rosé was created with. Lillet Rosé uses both the varietals of Lillet Blanc and Lillet Rouge variations within itself to create one beautiful and unique rosé! Equality for all!
- 2 parts Lillet Rosé
- ¾ part fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
- ½ part fresh squeeze lemon juice
- ¾ part simple syrup
- two dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
- soda water
- grapefruit wedge
Shake vigorously spirits, juices, and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice
Strain into ice-filled Collins-style glass
Top with soda water
Garnish with grapefruit wedge
I didn’t even know what Lillet was until I checked it out. From its evocative bottle and label to its unique flavor, Lillet encapsulates the unique spirit of L’Apero – the distinctly French traditional aperitif hour that marks the time to unwind after a day at work and prepare for the evening ahead. With its distinctive blend of wine and citrus liqueurs, as well as its versatility, Lillet is the perfect way to celebrate your joie de vivre!
Have a drink and let us know how it tasted.