I don’t know about you, but I like to make strong cocktails, where the booze really gets to show off and isn’t overwhelmed by too much juice. This means that one cocktail will put me out of commission for the evening, and I don’t get to experiment with multiple variations as I’m trying new cocktails. That is, until I realized that I can make mini cocktails in these adorable aperitif glasses; this way, everyone can have a few sips of each version!
Last night, I was feeling a creative cocktail impulse coming on, so I started pulling bottles out of the liquor cabinet and fridge and seeing what I might concoct. I ended up with a bourbon base, but not much to mix it with until I realized that I could try mixing it with the Lillet rosé that I picked up on a whim at the local wine shop. Lillet rosé is an aperitif wine made from Bordeaux varietals and orange liqueur, and has a pleasantly fruity and citrusy taste. I like my cocktails tart, so I tossed in some lemon juice, and then a little cranberry juice to round out the fruitiness, and what I ended up with was a pretty delicious sipper.
Le Petit Bourbon
(makes 2 mini cocktails or 1 regular cocktail)
1.5 oz Bourbon
1 oz cranberry juice
.5 oz lemon juice
.5 oz Lillet Rosé
Shake the bourbon, cranberry juice, and lemon juice with ice and strain into cocktail glasses. Gently stir in the Lillet, and enjoy!
Does anyone else have a good cocktail recipe for Lillet? I’m looking for more things to do with my bottle!