Have you tried Lillet? I admit I was a Lillet newbie, but was intrigued by Mom Boss author and Momtrends CEO Nicole Feliciano's love of it and had to give it a try. So I've had the rough assignment of getting to know Lillet this last month and am sharing my four favorite ways to enjoy this drink.
Lillet is an aperitif which is a drink designed to be enjoyed before a meal and help "open up" your palate. (Impress your friends: The name aperitif comes from the Latin verb aperire which means "to open".) It's also a fortified wine which is made from combining selected wines (85%) with fruit liqueurs (15%). This means it has more alcohol than your traditional bottle of wine, but less than a shot of vodka. Oh, and it's pronounced, "lee-LAY" so you don't embarrass yourself like I did at the liquor store.
Lillet currently offers three varietals - Blanc, Rosé and Rougue. Use the handy chart above to find your perfect Lillet match. I tried both the Blanc and the Rosé and prefer the latter. Blanc was a bit too sweet for me on its own.
Ready to give it a try? Or find a new way to love Lillet? Let's start with one of the best ways to enjoy Lillet....
The simplest way to enjoy Lillet? On ice. Maybe with a orange peel or a slice of peach in the glass to make you feel fancy. Lillet is designed to be served ice cold, so you'll want to keep it in the fridge to ensure it's nice and cold. Just don't leave it in the freezer - the alcohol content isn't high enough to prevent it from freezing like vodka.
In a cocktail
Last week, I shared the Tabernacle Crush, a delicious combination of Lillet, gin, peaches, basil and club soda. If you can't find peaches any more, I'm guessing this would still be delicious with plums, berries or even melon. The Lillet website also has a great collection of Lillet-based cocktails for each of the varietals to choose from too like the Lillet Mojito, the Reverse Martini and the Lillet Le Rouge.
In your dessert
For my monthly cooking club this month, I opted to make these delicious mini peach and berry galettes. My one upgrade? Adding in a few shots of Lillet Rosé to the peaches and berries beforehand to let them soak in the boozy goodness. So. Good.
No, I'm not just suggesting that you have Lillet for dinner (though depending on what kind of day it's been....), but Lillet can help you make a simple, delicious dinner entreé. Fish + Lillet + shallots + butter. Pan sauce perfection!
While this recipe calls the Mediterranean favorite gilthead sea bream, you can also substitute in red snapper or sea bass instead. Some Lillet for the fish, some for me - a winning dinner combination.
What's your favorite way to Lillet?
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