‘I Lillet You’ Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipe

Posted on Feb 14, 2017

‘I Lillet You’ Valentine’s Day Cocktail Recipe

We mentioned in a previous post that we felt proud to come out of our visit to Astor Wines with only 3 bottles: a favorite we’ve had a hard time finding, something we’ve wanted to try but can’t find, and something we’ve never heard of. The bottle of something we’ve wanted to try but can’t find was Lillet Rose.

We were convinced that we wanted to try the Lillet Rose by the huge, beautiful billboards we saw advertising it everywhere we went in Paris last summer (Have we mentioned we took a summer trip to France? Oh, yes, it looks like we have: here, and here, and here, and ….). Advertising must work differently in France, because somehow though the billboards were everywhere, the product was nowhere to be found. It’s also hard to find here in the US. White and red Lillet are both everywhere, but we haven’t really noticed the rose … until we ran across it at Astor.

It’s lovely. Crisp. A little fruity, a little dry. So, like a rose wine, but just a little more potent.

If you can find it too, you should definitely use it as the base for your Valentine’s Day cocktail. We paired it with another of our French finds, creme de mure, to make a lovely highball.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


  • 2 1/2 oz Lillet Rose
  • 1/2 oz creme de mure (aka blackberry liqueur. creme de cassis is not a bad substitute if you can’t find mure)
  • 3 oz club soda
  • lemon twist, for garnish


  • Combine Lillet and creme de mure in the bottom of a highball glass.
  • Fill with ice.
  • Add club soda.
  • Garnish with the lemon twist.