strawberry lillet cocktail

May 18th, 2012

I wanted to end the week with a note about making friends and, of course, a delicious drink. When I started this blog forever ago (2008 to be exact), I had no idea what I was doing, I just knew I wanted to fill up some free time. Since then, it’s grown to be part of who I am—it’s an outlet to share my experimentations in the kitchen, a place where I overcame being the world’s pickiest eater, and this is my favorite, most unexpected benefit, it’s an opportunity to meet new people and make friends. This week I took a quick trip to San Francisco and was thrilled to have lunch with Celia, a friend I’ve only known on the internet until this week. The internet—and this blog—have made my circle of friends so much bigger and I am totally thankful for that.

You know what else I’m thankful for? Dreamy cocktails! And boy do I have one for you! This little number screams summer. It’s light and refreshing and tastes like strawberry goodness. If I had a front porch, I’d totally sit on it (swinging on my porch swing of course) and sip this. Yum!

strawberry lillet cocktail

makes 1 cocktail

For the strawberry syrup:
1 cup sliced strawberries
1 cup sugar
1 cup waterTo make the cocktail:
1 ounce strawberry syrup
1 1/2 ounce lillet blanc
1 1/2 ounce gin
splash seltzer water
dash of rhubarb bitters, optional
To make the strawberry syrup:
Over medium heat, combine the strawberry slices, sugar and water. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Once the mixture comes to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes until the syrup is pink. Remove from heat and let cool.
Using a fine mesh sieve, strain the strawberries from the syrup. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.To make the cocktail:
In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine the syrup, lillet blanc, bitters and gin. Stir to combine and strain into a glass filled with ice. Top it with a splash of seltzer and enjoy!

Comments: 4 Total

  1. kale

    May 21, 2012 at 12:31 am

    I first taste I had of Lillet was in San Francisco and I thought it was fantastic. I’ve never had it in a cocktail so this this is very intriguing!

  2. Dona

    May 21, 2012 at 9:31 am

    This was delicious, not usually a gin drinker but decided to expand my horizons. I knew I had to make it when I saw it on Friday and was going to our CSA farm on Saturday to pick strawberries, perfect timing. Thank you!

    • kelly

      May 31, 2012 at 10:57 am

      hello this is a test.

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