December 22, 2010



Last night a friend brought over a bottle of Lillet and it's now become my new favorite thing to drink. It's a French appertif wine, so it's sweet and a bit stronger than regular wine. Apparently it was very popular in the 50's and 60's and often served with gin. I loved it plain without being mixed with anything else, but I found this Martha Stewart Lillet-Basil cocktail recipe that sounds delicious:



Makes 1

1 cup ice, plus more for serving
1/2 cup Lillet Blanc
1 ounce (2 tablespoons) gin
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
Splash of tonic water
1 cucumber spear, for garnish
1 cinnamon stick, for garnish


Put ice, Lillet, gin, orange juice, and basil in a cocktail shaker; shake well. Fill a glass with ice; strain mixture into glass. Add tonic water. Garnish with cucumber spear, cinnamon stick, and basil sprigs.

Can't wait to give it a try!

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