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Drink of the Week: Égalité

Arianna Auber
aauber@statesman.com

Lillet, a well-known French aperitif from Bourdeaux, was first created in 1872 — made to encapsulate the spirit of “l’apero,” the distinctly French tradition of unwinding after a long day with a drink in hand before dinner. (Wait a minute, that sounds a lot like happy hour here …)

Whatever you want to call the hour of the aperitif, Lillet is a blend of 85 percent Bourdeaux wines and 15 percent citrus liqueurs. There are three varieties: Lillet Blanc, with a golden color and floral nose; Lillet Rouge, with a ruby color and raspberry nose; and Lillet Rosé, a soft pink with floral and berry nose.

This cocktail, Égalité, was named after the champagne-style blend with which Lillet Rosé was created. It uses the varietals found in both the Lillet Blanc and Lillet Rouge.

Égalité

2 parts Lillet Rosé

3/4 part fresh squeezed grapefruit juice

1/2 part fresh squeeze lemon juice

3/4 part simple syrup

2 dashes of Peychaud’s bitters

Soda water

Shake spirits, juices and syrup vigorously in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into an ice-filled Collins-style glass and top with soda water.

Add bitters. Garnish with raspberries.

— Created by Lillet French Aperitif