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!
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.
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