Who here loves a Spritz?
Be it a cocktail or a mocktail, I personally can’t get enough of them. My friends and family can attest to the fact that I love all things bubbly (particularly Champagne!) and I always have an array of sparkling water on hand. So if I can turn it into a Spritz, I will!
Although I’m not a seasonal drinker (i.e. I believe in drinking Rosé in winter, Old Fashioneds in summer and Spritzes all year long!) there IS something wonderful about sipping on a Spritz when it’s hot outside. Yes, because they’re cold and refreshing, but also because they’re actually hydrating compared to other cocktails! So today I’m bringing together two of my favorite tipples – a French 75 and a Spritz – and giving the combo a Lillet facelift. Because a) we’re experiencing our first triple digit heat index of the season in Georgia b) Lillet is perfection and c) Lillet goes in a Spritz like peanut butter goes with jelly!
Contrary to popular belief, Lillet is not a liqueur. It’s an aromatized aperitif wine made from Bordeaux grapes that’s flavored with herbs, spices and fruits (one of its main ingredients being quinine) and fortified with fruit liqueurs. It comes in three varieties – Blanc, Rosé and Rouge – the Blanc being slightly sweet, a bit floral and touch citrusy and botanical. I really like the Blanc because it’s light, super versatile and easy to mix into cocktails.
It’s also reaaaaally delicious in a Spritz all on its own! Just pour some in a glass with ice, top it with club soda or tonic, garnish with whatever fruits and/orherbs you have at home and voilà! The perfect summer sipper.