Lillet Rosé Cocktails

Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria from Serious Eats

Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria from Serious Eats

The weather just keeps heating up, so this is the perfect time to turn our cocktail attentions toward the light and refreshing French aperitif Lillet Rosé. It’s nice on its own or perhaps with a grapefruit slice, but it’s also a good team player. Here are some fun recipes for using this herbaceous ingredient:

Cardamom Blush ~ Cardamom-infused Lillet Rosé turns a simple gin cocktail into so much more.

Lillet Rose Spring Cocktail ~ This one also pairs gin with the aperitif, along with the addition of grapefruit and edible flowers for delightful effect.

La Coquette ~ Fresh strawberries and Aperol bring out the complexities of Lillet Rosé for a bright Spring cocktail.

Sparkling Grapefruit Sangria ~ It’s sangria weather! Citrus and bubbles go well together.

Lillet Rose Cooler ~ Lemongrass, grapefruit and sparkling wine collaborate with Lillet Rose to make any heat wave bearable.

Highballs for All

I love elaborate cocktails. But if you tracked my at-home cocktail consumption, you’d find that it’s mostly highballs—like a Gin and Tonic or Moscow Mule. Getting out the shaker often signals WORK to me, since I have to develop and test recipes a lot and document the results. When I’m relaxing, I like to put some ice in a tall glass and then just pour some stuff in and grab a straw. No exact measurements or complicated techniques. But that doesn’t mean these are boring drinks, oh no it does not.

I like to make my own variation on a Gin and Tonic. So, of course, it has gin and tonic. Then I squeeze in some fresh grapefruit and top it off with a few dashes of homemade rhubarb bitters. Fan-cy! Sometimes I’ll mix tequila and soda with some tangerine and a splash of agave syrup. Or rum, seltzer, homemade grenadine, and some lime. What are your favorite ad hoc highballs? Here are a few to try out if you’re looking for ideas.

Dark ‘n’ Stormy ~ You can make your own ginger beer or opt for store-bought, but this simple cocktail of rum, ginger beer, and lime tastes more complicated than it actually is.

Paloma ~ Tequila, grapefruit soda, and a little lime makes this drink taste like a lighter, sparkling margarita. Extras like a pinch of salt and some bitters add complexity.

Cucumber-Rosemary Gin and Tonic ~ Cucumber and gin go together really well, and amping up the botanicals in the gin with a little rosemary is another simple yet elegant twist on the classic.

Crimean Cocktail ~ White wine, Cointreau, lemon, and soda. I’m refreshed just thinking about it.

Tom Collins ~ Gin, lemon, and a little simple syrup. That’s all you need for a good time. I like to use the sweeter Meyer lemon.