Lillet Tonic

This Lillet tonic is an elegant aperitif that melds Lillet, tonic, and a hint of citrus. Sorta like a wine spritzer but more nuanced thanks to complexity the name-brand French spirit brings to the party. Our latest summer sipper.

Three Collins glasses filled with Lillet tonic and topped with a grapefruit wedge.

Lillet Tonic

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  • 5 M
  • 5 M
  • Serves 1
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Ingredients


Directions

Fill a Collins glass with ice and pour in the Lillet Rouge, Blanc or Rosé. Top with the tonic and add a grapefruit, lemon, or lime wedge.

Tester tip: There’s one ingredient that will make all the difference to your cocktail. And that’s tonic water. (Because ice doesn’t count. And Lillet is Lillet.) So use a good one. Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water is one of our faves.
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Recipe Testers' Reviews

What a gem! Lillet Rouge reminds me of a beautiful mosaic that should be admired slowly and gently. It greets you with a balance of fruit and bitter but it’s so much more than that. It’s subtle and complex. Honestly, it’s one of those things you have to experience for yourself in order to appreciate.

I enjoyed this cocktail on a lazy, hot afternoon sitting on my back porch swing. It was light and refreshing and the hint of grapefruit was an added pleasure. I also tried it with a splash of gin and thoroughly enjoyed that as well. This is a drink that I can't wait to share.

I don’t know how to break this to my favorite drink, a gin and tonic, but this cocktail may very well be taking over the top place in my heart. I used Lillet Blanc and lemon wedges (as well as lime wedges for subsequent drinks on subsequent days). This drink is fabulous! The only problem with it is that it is far too easy to drink!

There was no need to stir the ingredients. Having the ice in the glass first may have made that not an issue. The lemon and lime wedges were small enough to fit comfortably in the glass. The given ingredients did make one drink as indicated, however, one needs to be awfully well disciplined to be able to stop there.

Note: This recipe, basically, has one ingredient that will make all the difference in the world. You can’t count an ice cube as an ingredient that will make a difference, nor your citrus. And Lillet is Lillet. You cannot find a difference producer. That leaves you with the tonic water. I suggest that you use a good one. I used Fever-Tree Indian Tonic Water, which is available at stores in our area. It is steps above the common place tonics sold in every grocery store all over the land. I suggest you seek out one of the better brands, and taste the difference.

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