The summer season is more and more becoming Lillet Blanc season. The French fortified wine is the main element in many new summer cocktails. But why has it become so popular?
Lillet is around for quite some time already, but it took time until it made its way on the summer bar menus. Continue reading to learn everything you need to know about Lillet and how you can use it to create delicious summer drinks at home.
What exactly is Lillet Blanc?
Lillet produces aromatized and fortified aperitif wines since 1887. Their products are made of 85% wine from the Bordeaux region and 15% liqueurs. The liqueurs are usually citrus-based, made of orange peels from Morocco and Spain. The resulting aperitif wine is slightly stronger than your usual wine, with 17% alcohol by volume.
Currently, there are three different Lillets on the market: Blanc, Rouge, and Rosé. But Lillet Blanc is the one most people know. It is based on a wine made of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon grapes. The citrus liqueur and the addition of herbs, spices, and citrus create a very pleasant fortified wine that is the perfect base for light summer drinks.
Lillet, the perfect ingredient for summer cocktails
The fresh and floral taste of Lillet Blanc and its low alcohol content makes it an excellent choice for low-ABV summer drinks. You can drink it on the rocks or top it off with club soda or tonic water to lower the amount of alcohol by volume even more.
But it’s best used in a Spritz Cocktail. Those Spritz drinks are easy to make, refreshing, and also a perfect drink to enjoy with friends on a summer evening. The only three ingredients you need are Lillet Blanc, soda water, and Prosecco.
Other ways to enjoy Lillet blanc
The summer drinks based on Lillet Blanc are gorgeous. But there are also more classic cocktail recipes for which you can use Lillet Blanc. A great example of this is a Vesper Martini. Consisting of only Vodka, Gin, and Lillet Blanc, you can produce an amazing, full-bodied, and well-balanced Vesper Martini.
Another delightful example of using Lillet Blanc in cocktails is the White Negroni cocktail. This simple three-ingredient drink is made of Lillet Blanc, Suze, and Plymouth Gin. A simple yet elegant composition with a strong herbal taste.
The mix of sweetness, slight bitterness, and floral-herbal notes make it pretty versatile. But you can make it even more flavorsome. Try to infuse it with herbs like rosemary or chamomille. The result will bring an even more pronounced aroma to your summer cocktails. You can also get creative and experiment with it creating your own Lillet Blanc infusions.