Le Vert Cooler

If you’re a francophile, you know that July 14 is Bastille Day, the French equivalent of America’s Fourth of July. And as a francophile, you probably want to raise a glass in support. Of course, you could toast with a glass of wine (France is know for its many wine regions), but this is a cocktail recipe blog — what to do?

Simple: Make a cocktail made with Lillet, an aperitif wine that has been around since before the French Revolution and which blends well with spirits for its own cocktail. There are three kinds of Lillet — not surprisingly, the Rose, the Blanc and the Rouge (just like wine!). Here are two recipes, one with Blanc and one Rose … both delicieux!

Lillet Rose Spritz

Le Vert Cooler

2 oz. Lillet Blanc

1/4 oz. St-Germain liqueur

1 oz. sparkling wine (champagne preferably!)

Grapes, thyme.

Making it: Muddle about 10 grapes with 2 sprigs of fresh thyme, then add Lillet and the st-Germain, in a Mason jar. Screw on lid and shake vigorously for about 10 seconds. Top with bubbly! Salud!

Lillet Rose Spritz

1 oz. Lillet Rose

1 oz. dry grapefruit or citrus soda

Fresh grapefruit


Making it: Add Lillet and soda in a wine glass, and top with ice. Garnish with sliced grapefruit and sage leaf. Bonne sante!