Lillet Rosé

A new apéritif that will have everyone drinking pink


Imagine yourself sitting in the sunshine at a sidewalk café on a warm day. You crave refreshment, but want something that’s not too light and crisp, not too dark and concentrated, but just the right shade of pink. Refreshing, with more oomph than a glass of wine, but not as much as a spirit or cocktail. Well Goldilocks, it turns out Lillet has just the thing. Introducing Lillet Rosé, a delicious new hue from the celebrated apéritif producer. 

First conceived in 1872, Lillet is traditionally a blend of 85 percet wine from Bordeaux and 15 percent citrus liqueurs. Lillet Rosé is born of the classic white grapes of the region - Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Muscatel - mixed with orange liqueurs of fruits from Spain, Haiti and France, and a hint of quinine according to 19th century tradition. The color is imparted from additional red fruit liqueurs and splashes of Lillet Rouge, which contains a blend of wine from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes. The final result is a blush-colored drink with flavors of fresh berries, summer fruits, orange, grapefruit and aromatic white flowers. It’s bottled at 17 percent ABV, which puts it just a couple of notches above the typical alcohol content of wine. 
It’s terrific neat, on the rocks with an orange or grapefruit twist, or with a splash of soda or tonic. It can also do double duty as a fresh take on vermouth in cocktails. 



¾ oz Lillet Rosé
¾ oz Hendrick’s or other dry, aromatic gin
¾ oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
¾ oz Creme de Violette 
garnish: orange twist, edible pansy flower (optional)


Add all ingredients except garnishes to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously to combine. Strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Run orange twist around rim of glass and spritz over drink. Discard. Float flower in glass if you have it. 

L’Éléphant Rosé (Pink Elephant)

In this instance, the garnish is essential to the drink and adds an extra depth of flavor. 


2 oz Lillet Rosé
½ oz peach brandy
¾ - 1 oz fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
garnish: fresh thyme sprig


Add all ingredients except thyme to shaker with ice. Shake vigorously. Strain into chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Float thyme sprig over top of drink. 

Rosie Reviver

A fresh, pink take on the Corpse Reviver No. 2. 


1 oz Lillet Rosé
1 oz Bols Genever
½ oz apricot liqueur
¾ oz fresh squeezed orange juice
dash of Galliano
garnish: brandied cherry or orange twist


Shake all ingredients vigorously with ice. Strain into chilled coupe of cocktail glass. Add garnish. 

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  • Snooth User: gbutera
    143547 14

    Interesting. I've always wondered about Lillet... Is the regular version the same thing as Kina Lillet, from the infamous Vesper cocktail invented by James Bond?

    Also, is Lillet like a wine in that it degrades after being opened, or is it a liquer that can remain open for months like a Madeira or Port? I often see it in this section of a store, but haven't tried it as I wasn't sure I'd drink it fast enough. But the rose is intriguing...

    May 17, 2012 at 12:45 PM

  • Snooth User: Amanda Schuster
    Hand of Snooth
    870341 1,996

    Hi, there. To answer some of your questions: First off, this product is brand new on the market. So it is unlike any of the other Lillet products out there, its own separate flavor. Not blanc, not rouge, but rose. The Lillet made famous in the Vesper is sadly no longer produced, closest thing is the blanc. But this one is a great product in its own right.

    It does deteriorate after it's been opened, but because it is slightly fortified, will last a few days longer than wine. I've had a bottle open for a couple of weeks and it's still great. But best consume within 2 to 3 weeks after opening, and keep refrigerated.

    Hope this helps.

    May 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM

  • The type of spoilage you're talking about is due to oxidation (which is caused by oxygen). The best way to extend the shelf life of this (or wine in general) once opened is to pour it in a smaller bottle do there is not as much oxygen present to react with whatever you are trying to keep. :)

    Naomi Laurie

    May 17, 2012 at 1:15 PM

  • Snooth User: bobpat79
    940276 12

    Sounds wonderful for an afternoon sip as you sit on the deck. Looking forward to trying it. If you wanted to make sure the whole bottle was used, you could create a "fiz" with it and Pelligrino and orange juice/lime juice.

    May 17, 2012 at 3:49 PM

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