This Lillet Gin cocktail is a simple one to make! A mix of lemon and lime juice is the perfect combination to bring together the gin with the warmer flavors of the Lillet Rosé. Because of the color of the Lillet Rosé, the final drink takes on a gorgeous blush apricot color. It's easy to style this one with a lemon wheel garnish.
This cocktail would be great in any season, but its pastel coloring makes it such a great springtime drink. It would be perfect at a bridal shower or garden party alongside some Champagne!
It would go perfectly on a cocktail menu with this Gin and Violet cocktail, and you could use the same gin for each drink. To add a little bit of fresh fruit to the mix, give this Strawberry Afternoon cocktail a try.
The star of this cocktail is Lillet Rosé, since a lot of the flavor and color come from it. Lillet Rosé is a fortified wine, and it has some floral notes alongside some citrus flavors. Here is the list of ingredients you'll need:
- Lillet Rosé
- Simple syrup
- Aromatic bitters
- Seltzer or tonic
If you don't have one of the ingredients on hand, here are some things you could use to substitute:
- Lillet Rosé - If you don't have a bottle of this, you could substitute in the more popular Lillet Blanc, although you will lose the blush color and have a slightly more citrusy flavor. Alternatively, increase the amount of gin you use and add in some rosé wine.
- Gin - You can substitute in vodka or light rum
- Lemon or lime - You can use one or the other, but the mix of both works really well with the Lillet Rosé
To make this drink, you'll need a cocktail shaker and strainer, a jigger or small measuring cup, a citrus juicer and a cocktail serving glass. You'll also want to get a knife and cutting board to cut the perfect lemon wheel as garnish.
The glass used in these photos is a stemless champagne glass, but you can serve it in any kind of cocktail glass that you like.
Start out by cutting your lemon wheel garnish. Cut a lemon in half, and then cut a slice from one of the halves. Set the slice aside while you build the drink.
Add the gin, Lillet Rosé, lemon juice, lime juice, simple syrup and bitters to the cocktail shaker. Then, add ice to the shaker and shake everything well, about 15-20 good shakes.
Add fresh ice to your cocktail glass and put the lemon wheel on the side of the glass, held up by the ice. Strain the drink into the glass.
Top with selzer or tonic water and serve immediately.
Hint: This would be a great drink to batch! Simply pre-mix the gin, Lillet Rosé, juices and simple syrup in a pitcher with ice. Pour it into glasses as you need and top each glass with the bubbles.
Lillet Gin Cocktail
- Cocktail shaker
- Cocktail strainer
- Cocktail serving glass
- Knife and cutting board
- 1 lemon for garnish
- 1 ounce gin
- 1½ ounce Lillet Rosé
- ½ ounce lemon juice from approximately ½ fresh lemon
- ½ ounce lime juice from approximately 1 fresh lime
- ½ ounce simple syrup
- 1 dash aromatic bitters
- seltzer (or tonic) enough to fill the glass
- Cut a lemon slice for garnish and set aside.1 lemon
- Add gin and Lillet Rosé to the cocktail shaker.1 ounce gin, 1½ ounce Lillet Rosé
- Use the citrus juicer to juice the lemon and lime, and add the juice to the shaker.½ ounce lemon juice, ½ ounce lime juice
- Add the simple syrup and bitters to the cocktail shaker.½ ounce simple syrup, 1 dash aromatic bitters
- Add ice to the shaker and shake about 15-20 times.
- Add fresh ice to your serving glass and place the lemon slice on the side of the glass, held in place by the ice.
- Strain the drink from the cocktail shaker into the serving glass.
- Top with seltzer and serve immediately.seltzer