Summer’s Perfect Aperitif!

Summer is here and when it’s not raining it’s nice to enjoy time outside! In New York whenever it’s a nice day out people flock to bars, parks, and rooftops to score some vitamin d and some drinks. Lillet is from Podensac, which is a small village south of Bordeaux. This is the birthplace of Lillet aperitif, a subtle blend of carefully selected wines and fruit macerations crafted on site. There are many steps it takes to making Lillet, so don’t let the casual “aperitif ” name steer you differently. This aperitif wine takes at least six months to make, and also all of the fruit peels, are hand selected and then macerated using methods from the 19th century. There is a lot of care and craft that goes into producing these light and delicious beverages and the cellar master makes sure to only select the best grapes, fruit, and oak for these products! My favorites for summer are the Blanc and Rosé because, with just a sprig of mint, ice, and an orange slice, you’re good to go. There are many more ways to get creative with Lillet however, and thanks to Lillet and Little Miss Party, here are some great recipes to keep you cool all season long!

Spring Orange Spritzer with Lillet Blanc- Created by Little Miss Party

Ingredients 

4 fl. Oz. Lillet Blanc 

2 drops orange bitters 

2 fl. Oz. orange flavored sparkling water 

1 orange peel and mint leaves to garnish 

2 oz. ice 

Instructions: Add ice to glass, measure out Lillet and pour into glass.  Gently drop orange bitters into the glass.  Top with orange flavored sparkling water.  Garnish with orange peel and mint leaves as desired. 

Sunset Daydreams Granita with Lillet Rose- Created by Little Miss Party 

Ingredients 

8 fl. Oz. Lillet Rose 

1 tbsp Coconut Oil 

2 tbsp Agave 

12 medium strawberries 

8 oz. ice 

Instructions: Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass or ceramic dish and place in freezer for 6 hours or until firm.  Scoop out shavings of frozen mixture and serve in a glass.  Garnish with fresh strawberries as desired. 

Always remember, eat what you like and drink what you love! Please pair responsibly.

Sara Lehman

About Sara Lehman

Sommelier, Private Chef, & Food and Wine Pairing Expert in NYC! Sara is a Wine Writer, Wine Ambassador, and Wine Consultant specializing in pairings, parties, entertaining and education.

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