It’s a holiday made by marketers, but hey, that’s how both of us make a living (and I also actually love Lillet), so we’re celebrating – Happy National Apéritif Day!
I like to revisit word definitions (nerd), so an apéritif is an alcoholic beverage (duh) usually served before a meal to stimulate the appetite (that’s why it’s typically dry rather than sweet). Lillet is an apéritif wine from Bordeaux made from a blend of 85% wine and 15% citrus liqueurs that comes in Blanc, Rouge or Rose varieties. It’s one of those French staples that was made to help pass time at sidewalk cafés or jazz up a cocktail hour.
I don’t have a big apartment, but I always have a bottle of Lillet chilling in the fridge. Lillet Blanc is my favorite, you can throw in a slice of lemon and some carbonated water (flavored if you so desire) or champagne (if you’re feeling frisky) and you’re good to go. Looks fancy, but it’s easy to throw together on a moment’s notice. The Lillet does all the hard work for you, like a little black dress. This summer I’m going to experiment a little more with Lillet Rose – that pink, floral Martha Stewart creation is making me thirsty.
There are so many delicious versions – happy creating and drinking. Santé! Cheers! TGIF!
P.S. A big thank you to mychildhood friend Ana Beth, who is an incredible hostess, to introducing me to this favorite many years ago.