Change is in the air – plants are emerging from their winter naps, spring fruits and vegetables are beginning to appear in the markets and so naturally it’s time for a change of cocktail as well. So what better cocktail to toast Spring than this Lillet Rose Cocktail? Lillet Rose, fresh lemon juice and peach liqueur – its a little sweet, a little tart with a beautiful peach color – and a wonderful excuse to pull out that crystal to show it off!
Lillet Rose is the newest addition to the Lillet family of fortified wines which are drunk throughout France as an aperitif- except, as David Lebovitz notes, in Paris! If you’ve never tried Lillet, I highly recommend it. I am a big fan of fortified wines and this Lillet Rose did not disappoint. Served chilled over ice, it’s a very civilized way to start a meal and is a refreshing change from the usual glass of wine. Although Lillet Rose is delicious on it’s own over ice, it’s fruity, floral and honey notes make it a terrific base for all kinds of spring and summer cocktails like this Lillet Rose Cocktail.
These Lillet Rose Cocktails will be a beautiful addition to Easter brunch and a festive way to welcome guests to a birthday lunch or wedding shower. Speaking of brunch, here are some great brunch recipes to pair with the Lillet Rose Cocktail!
Brown Butter and Cardamom Coffee Cake
Lillet Rose Cocktail
- 6 oz. Lillet Rouge
- 2 oz. Peach liqueur
- 3 oz. freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 2 thin lemon slices optional
- fresh thyme sprigs optional
- Combine all ingredients (except lemon slices an thyme sprigs) in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake ingredients and then strain into chilled cocktail glasses. Garnish with a thin slice of lemon or thyme sprigs if desired.