Bastille Day is coming up on July 14th!
Lillet, the quintessential French aperitif, has created three cocktails using the three variations—Lillet Blanc, Lillet Rouge, and Lillet Rosé, which are named after and pay homage to the French motto: Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité (which translates to liberty, equality, fraternity in English) to celebrate the beginning of the French Revolution and storming of the Bastille in 1789.
2 parts lemon juice
2 parts simple syrup (1:1)
1 part orange liqueur
2 parts Hendricks gin (or any modern-style gin)
6 parts oz Lillet Rouge
Punch ice Block or ice ring frozen overnight in a plastic lined bundt or bread pan.
Lightly muddle the amount of 1 strawberry, 4 mint leaves, 2 slices cucumber per guest or serving along with the orange liqueur and syrup at the bottom of a punch bowl.
Add all other ingredients to the bowl with the large ice. Give a gentle stir to incorporate.
Top with seltzer water to taste for a bit of sparkle, but remember that the ice will melt down so don’t water it down too much! Feel free to top with more fruit and mint for garnish and let guest ladle into glasses.
2 parts Lillet Blanc
1 part cooled fruit tea blend of your choice (recommended peach, raspberry, orange, etc.)
½ part honey syrup*
2 parts soda water
large wedge of fresh lemon
small mint spring
Build spirit and cooled tea in Collins-styled glass
Add ice and top with soda water
Garnish with lemon wedge and small mint sprig
* = equal parts honey and water
2 parts Lillet Rosé
¾ part fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
½ part fresh squeeze lemon juice
¾ part simple syrup
two dashes of Peychaud’s bitters
Shake vigorously spirits, juices, and syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice
Strain into ice-filled Collins-style glass
Top with soda water
Garnish with grapefruit wedge