Lillet, My Love {a Gin Lillet Rouge Cocktail for Valentine’s Day}

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to start sharing some Valentine’s cocktails. The first I one I posted this year was a pink blood orange tequila cocktail. Going in a different direction this time, I have a gin Lillet Rouge cocktail for you. It’s closer to red in color and is equally as enjoyable for sharing with your loved one.

lillet rouge cocktail

My initial idea for this drink was a Superbowl punch with Lillet Rouge and citrus vodka. After a few tries, it transformed into this Gin Lillet Rouge cocktail for Valentine’s Day. I know that’s kind of a strange progression, but that’s what happens sometimes. I thought the citrus vodka was too overpowering with the Lillet. However, Martin Miller’s gin, with it’s citrus notes along with other botanical flavors was a good match.

gin lillet rouge cocktail

That gin, along with some fresh squeezed citrus and a few dashes of bitters, was the winning combination to go with the Lillet. Lillet (pronounced lee-lay), is a fortified wine made in south of France. There are three different styles of Lillet which include Blanc, Rosé and Rouge. We’ll focus on the latter for this post since that’s the one I used in this drink.

lillet rouge cocktail for valentines day

The Rouge is made from Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes combined with fruit liqueur and aged in barrels for a year. It has a dark red color with notes of ripe plums and raspberries along with being slightly bitter. It can be enjoyed on its own as an aperitif or in various cocktails, including sangria.

gin cocktail with lillet rouge

Not only does the Rouge add the beautiful color to this drink, but it also rounds out the citrus in the gin and the fresh squeezed juices. A few dashes of Angostura add some depth and mellows out the clementine. Overall it’s a beautiful drink in looks and taste.

lillet rouge cocktail with gin

Lillet, My Love {a Gin Lillet Rouge Cocktail}
 
Enjoy this gin and Lillet Rouge cocktail with your loved one on Valentine's Day and any other special day in your life.
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 ounce Martin Miller's Gin
  • 1 ounce Lillet Rouge
  • ½ ounce fresh squeezed clementine juice
  • ½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 2 to 3 dashes Angostura bitters
  • Orange peel for garnish
Directions
  1. Add all ingredients except for garnish to a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with an orange peel.

 

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Jessica Torres is the chief cocktail creator here at One Martini. Outside of the internet, she works at DEATH & TAXES (a bar) and midtown eats (a restaurant) in Reno, Nevada. When not working, Jessica can be found working out, spending time with her family or attempting to nap. Subscribe to our newsletter to get all of the latest cocktail creations delivered directly to your inbox.
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