An iconic vermouth produced in Bordeaux.
Lillet Blanc makes use of the province’s great wines, particularly Semillon, and fruit (mostly citrus peel) brandy. The wine is stirred in oak vats to blend, before aging for between 6 to 12 months in oak casks.
Lillet is a historic brand, dating from the late 19th century, previously known as Kina Lillet. The bottling was launched when the anti-malarial affects of quinine were first being put to use. It was the inclusion of quinine that first gave the drink the name Kina.
Kina Lillet is a crucial ingredient in James Bond’s famous Vesper cocktail. Unfortunately, that version of Lillet was discontinued in the 80s, as palates began to change, with less quinine being added. These days the inclusion of quinine features again on the label, suggesting that the recipe has swung back closer to the original.
This tonic wine is a necessary ingredient in several classic cocktails, including the Corpse Reviver #2 and 20th Century.