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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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
- Add all ingredients except for garnish to a cocktail shaker with ice.
- Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
- Garnish with an orange peel.
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