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Lillet French Aperitif with an Orange Twist

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I was served a Lillet French Aperitif with an Orange Twist at book club luncheon in January. Simple and refreshing, they were perfect with our French themed meal.

You may not know what Lillet (pronounced Lee-LAY) is, and truth be told, I’d never heard of it until that day.  When I asked for it at our liquor store, the guy behind the counter looked puzzled as he knew it as Lill-LET. I wasn’t certain I was pronouncing it correctly, but I guess I was! No matter how you say it, just make sure to try this lovely Lillet cocktail!

Lillet French Aperitif with an Orange Twist in a highball glass

Lillet French Aperitif with an Orange Twist

According to Food & Wine, Lillet is “an aperitif wine made from Bourdeaux grapes along with macerated fruit liqueurs, which gives it a pleasantly fruity, but not overly sweet, character. ” This light and refreshing Lillet French aperitif is made from Lillet Blanc (vs. Lillet Rose) and soda with a simple orange twist.

A glass of Lillet French Aperitif with an Orange Twist

Perfect for luncheons, showers, and more

With a lighter alcohol content, this sparkling drink is ideal for sipping by the pool, a girls’ night out, luncheons, showers and more. Made with 2/3 Lillet Blanc and 1/3 club soda, this Lillet cocktail is a breeze to prepare by the glass or pitcher. Last summer, the St. Germain Gin and Tonic was my new favorite cocktail. But this year, there’s a new kid in town. This Lillet French aperitif fits all my entertaining needs. Thanks, Shelli!

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Lillet French Aperitif with an Orange Twist - A refreshing cocktail of Lillet Blanc and soda

Lillet French Aperitif with an Orange Twist

A refreshing French aperitif featuring Lillet Blanc with soda and an orange twist.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 2 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Cockail, Beverage
  • Method: Mixing
  • Cuisine: French


  • 4 ounces Lillet Blanc
  • 4 ounces club soda
  • Orange twist


Fill rocks glass with ice. Add Lillet Blanc and then club soda. Stir to mix

Serve with an orange twist.

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22 comments on “Lillet French Aperitif with an Orange Twist”

  1. Have never heard of this lillet either…beautiful presentation, Liz.

  2. Is this for me? I actually usually have a bottle of Lillet in my fridge. It’s gotten a little pricey so now it’s just a treat. Perhaps I need a bottle for Paris the next 5 weeks. Merci for the reminder.

  3. Sounds great to me, Liz! I will be looking for Lillet. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. This does look like the perfect sipping cocktail. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s French, everything French sounds so fancy and uppity! I’m definitely going to bookmark this for when we head down to Arizona again, can’t wait to serve this to our dear friends.

  5. I would be sipping this by the pool! WOW

  6. I had this in France and it is delicious

  7. This could certainly fit my needs! And I don’t care how you pronounce it.

  8. Love the simplicity of this recipe. 3 ingredients- love that! This cocktail sounds so refreshing and light for spring.

  9. What a simple and charming aperitif. I can see myself sipping on this before dinner.

  10. This looks delicious. As you know I rarely drink but when I do I love subtle fruity wine. This drink is perfect for me.

    I love that you do meals with themes for book club. I wish I had a group of friends here to things like that with.

  11. Love every bit of it! xoxo

  12. Gosh this sounds so refreshing! Thanks for introducing me to this lovely wine. Happy weekend!

  13. I love Lillet! One of my favorite things to sip on the patio when it’s warm out. I’m so looking forward to trying it in this elegant aperitif!

  14. This looks so refreshing and pretty and I’m happy to know how to pronounce Lillet now!

  15. I have a bottle of Lillet in the fridge and yes, it is a delicious aperitif. Love your photos.

  16. I’ve been pronouncing it wrong also, thanks for the correction. I love the sound of it and it is very girly. This one’s a keeper for sure.

  17. It fits perfectly a chillout weekend.
    I’ve never tried Lillet French Aperitif, but it looks delicious
    xD xD

  18. These are so simple to make and delicious! Thanks for a great recipe!

  19. I made this for girls’ night at my friend’s house! It was a huge hit!

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