I love Lillet. It had been awhile since we’d had a bottle of this French aperitif wine inside the house, so the other week when I was in the mood for a “menage a trois” (Lillet, gin and St. Germaine) I
sexted texted my hubby to bring home a bottle. Now, we have most of a bottle left and are in need of Lillet recipes. Enter the Lillet-Basil Cocktail, a yummy little Martha Stewart number I found on Yummly.
It’s all about the Lillet in this refreshing sip.
Honestly, I could drink Lillet on its own, but it seems heavy and sweet neat, so I looked for a recipe that uses oranges (we are out of lemons and limes!). Plus, the last of our basil was begging to be used up. The original Lillet-Basil recipe doesn’t call for simple syrup, but I felt it could use a touch of sweet so I added a half ounce. I also subbed in club soda for tonic; I cringed at the thought of adding bitter Schweppes to my sweet Lillet. The result is a fragrant and refreshing sip that plays up Lillet’s inherent charms.
- 1/2 cup Lillet Blanc
- 1 oz gin
- 2 tbsp. fresh-squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 oz simple syrup
- 1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, plus sprig for garnish
- Splash tonic water (I used club soda)
- 1 cucumber spear for garnish
Into a cocktail shaker add the Lilt, gin, orange juice, simple syrup, basil leaves and ice. Shake well. Strain into an ice-filled tumbler, add soda water and garnish with the cucumber spear and basil sprig.
— Recipe adapted from Martha Stewart via Yummly
This is a delicious cocktail with one strange name. The Corpse Reviver #2 belongs to a family of cocktails (the “corpse reviver” family) designed to help cure a hangover (e.g. revive your corpse after a runaway). I wouldn’t know about that, but I can tell you this cocktail does a pretty good job getting the party started. In fact, it would be a good pick for a pre-festivities libation on New Year’s Eve.
This cocktail will give you new life after a day skiing Fernie’s powdery slopes.
What sold me on the Corpse Reviver #2 — evidently the best-tasting of the Corpse Reviver cocktails — was the Lillet. I love Lillet Blanc. It’s a wine/liqueur that mixes a blend of French whites with citrus liqueur. You can drink it on its own chilled, or add it to a number of interesting (read: yummy and sour) gin cocktails, such as the 20th Century, the Campden cocktail or the Corpse Reviver #2.
I love you, Lillet!
I love this drink’s simplicity, and the fact that you can taste each of the four ingredients in every sip. There’s just a whisper of gin, the sweet-wine taste of the Lillet and a lively competition between the orange liqueur and lemon juice for top citrus flavour. It is very tart but still hits all the right sweet notes. One is more than enough — any more than that will guarantee you’re drinking one on New Year’s Day morning.
Corpse Reviver #2
- 3/4 oz gin (I used Bombay Sapphire)
- 3/4 oz Lillet Blanc
- 3/4 oz Cointreau (I used Controy, an orange liqueur from Mexico)
- 3/4 oz fresh lemon juice
- 1 dash absinthe (I wasn’t about to buy a bottle of absinthe for a “dash” so I subbed in a couple dashes of orange bitters, yum)
Shake ingredients together with ice. Strain into a chilled rocks glass and garnish with an orange twist, if desired. Serve straight up.