Wednesday, July 09, 2008

A Glass of Lillet and a Twist

Lillet (pronounced lee-lay), the aperitif of Bordeaux, is one of my favorite drinks. It was created in 1887 by brothers Paul and Raymond Lillet. Originally a very bitter white-wine-based apéritif (Kina Lillet), the quinine content was reduced in July of 1986. It now comes in both red (Lillet Rouge) and white (Lillet Blanc) varieties, and is typically served over ice, either on its own or with soda water. Drinks made with Lillet are traditionally garnished with a twist of orange. 
For the past 10 years, we have served Lillet at every French General event - and it has become something of a tradition. Red or white - people fall in love with it at first taste. According to legend, the Duchess of Windsor introduced Lillet to Parisian high society by demanding it at the hotels she stayed in. She was known to travel with a bottle of Lillet in her luggage. Molly told me that Ryan orders Lillet every time they are out for a meal - I love that - Lillet is fashionable again!

3 comments:

Kathy said...

I first tasted this at a party in Paris. Then had it again at a FG holiday part and FELL IN LOVE ALL OVER AGAIN with it. You alone turned me on to it and now it is a staple of my home bar.

comfies said...

hi kaari (mol's friend danica here), i too have always been a huge fan of lillet and dubonnet. love the stuff. but i'm especially charmed by the idea of carrying it around in one's suitcase...

safroune said...

I love Lillet, and as I live in France (obviously, I'm french !!), I can buy some everytime I have friends at home...
Did you already taste Rinquinquin ? It's very good too !!