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Day 75, Cocktails 74, 75, 76, 77

Bryant’s was definately the place to be last night!  Representatives from Lillet, the French maker of this delightful apertif wine/liqueur hybrid were in town for Bastille Days and had come to Bryant’s for a tasting.  In addition to having the opportunity to try both the Blanc and Rouge by themselves, Mark and I also had the chance to taste multiple cocktails featuring Lillet as part of the mix.

We got there about an hour or so before the actual Lillet event was to start, soooo, what better way to start the evening with  THE cocktail that features Lillet?  Of course, I’m referring to the original Vesper of James Bond and Casino Royale fame.  Chad was behind the bar and mixed up the perfect start to the evening for me.


  • 2 oz Plymouth gin
  • 1 oz Ketel One vodka
  • 1/2 oz Lillet Blanc

Combine the ingredients in a mixing glass and stir with ice.  Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with lemon peel.

This drink was absolutely sublime!  The balance between the gin, vodka and Lillet was perfect!  I could have drunk these all night…but there was more to try!

Next on the list was a Chad Doll original that he called the Nice (as in the French city, not as in being polite) Cocktail.  It consisted of Cynar, Lillet Rouge, orange bitters, lemon juice and kosher salt.  As usual, it was prepared in a shaker and served in a coupe.  I have to admit that this one was hard to describe.  The flavors were similar to raisins or even prunish.  The salt was evident in the background.  If you’ve ever had an Italian Amaro, this was somewhat similar.  It was interesting!

My next cocktail was prepared by Nicole, our Lillet Ambassador for the evening.  She has already been blending flavors for us, letting us taste the Lillet with various ingredients such as muddled apricot and with pear liqueur.  The drink she made for me was called the Muse and consisted of Hendrick’s gin (a favorite of hers for mixing with Lillet Blanc), muddled cucumber and mint, Lillet Blanc and lime juice.  This was a delightful cocktail, the Lillet blending very well with the Hendricks and mint for a bright, refreshing flavor.

Finally, to cap the night, it was back to Chad.  He had been toying with the Lillet Blanc and yellow chartreuse most of the night and put together this unnamed cocktail for me.  It consisted of mezcal, yellow chartreuse, Lillet Blanc, rum and orange bitters.  This, my readers, was mind blowing.  The smokey flavor of the mezcal and slightly sweet rum was mellowed perfectly by the chartreuse and Lillet.  This cocktail was a great end to the evening and I hope Chad remembers how he made it as I will definately want this one again!

So, I am finally ahead of the game here with my cocktail count.  Don’t worry, though, I’ll be using my time this weekend to get ready for my first Tiki week of the summer!


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