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Lemonade Lillet Spritz Cocktail

After a recent girls’ weekend driving up California Highway 1 filled with car trouble, storytelling, and late nights, I came up with this Lillet Spritz to toast our memories.

I was ISO something refreshing and a tad sweet, like an elegant take on hard lemonade. This Lemonade Lillet Spritz Cocktail Recipe is light enough to sip on while you chat away the hours but still strong enough to wash away the hardest work weeks!

Lillet Spritz Cocktail Recipe

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Easy, light, and subtle, this Lemonade Lillet Spritz Cocktail Recipe is the ideal warm-weather cocktail. It’s bubbly, sweet and refreshing, made with Lillet Blanc, gin, lemon, honey, and soda water.

Ingredients In A Lillet Spritz

As opposed to a classic Aperol Spritz, this cocktail is not regulated, as I came up with on a whim. Easy, light, and subtle, this Lemonade Lillet Spritz Cocktail is the ideal warm-weather cocktail. It’s bubbly, sweet, and refreshing, made with Lillet Blanc, gin, lemon, honey, and soda water.

Here is what you’ll need to make this Lillet Spritz:

  • medium lemon
  • freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Honey or simple syrup
  • chilled Lillet Blanc
  • botanical gin
  • large ice cubes
  • chilled club soda
  • fresh basil leaves or tarragon or mint leaves for garnish 

How To Make This Recipe

These are the instructions that you’ll need to follow to make this recipe:

  • Make The Horse’s Neck Garnish: To remove the zest from the lemons, use a paring knife or Y peeler and, while rotating the lemon, carefully remove the peel in one long, continuous strip (avoiding the white pith).
  • Make The Lemon Lillet Spritz Cocktail: In the bottom of a balloon wine glass or Tom Collins glass, stir together honey or simple syrup and lemon juice until dissolved and thinned out. Add the Lillet Blanc and gin and stir again.
    Place the horse’s neck garnish against the inside of the glass and add ice cubes to fill it. Add the soda water, then use a bar spoon to stir the mixture until it’s thoroughly chilled. Garnish with herbs, if using, and serve immediately.
Cocktail with bottle of Lillet Blanc

What Is The Difference Between A Spritz And A Spritzer?

A spritzer is a chilled alcoholic drink historically made by diluting white wine with carbonated water or sparkling mineral water.

The drink is said to have originated in the 19th century when Austrian soldiers traveled around the then-Austrian Empire and diluted the wines of Northern Italy with bubbly water until the alcohol content was lowered and more similar to that of beer.

The word spritz comes from Austrian German spritzen meaning to splash or spray. These cocktails have the exact origin, but traditionally, a spritzer is white wine diluted with soda water, with no ice or garnish. Meanwhile, the Spritz is an IBA-regulated cocktail best known as being made with a bitter liqueur or amaro

Horse’s Neck Cocktail Garnish

This cocktail is made with a long spiral of lemon that’s often called a horse’s neck garnish. Confusing the situation a bit is the fact that there is a classic cocktail known as a Horse’s Neck

To make a horse’s neck garnish, the key is to use a Y-shaped peeler to pull almost the entirety of a lemon peel off in one long piece. The name comes about because the spiral is arranged in a cocktail glass in a way that resembles a horse’s neck. Here, we’re spiraling the entirety of the lemon spiral inside a serving glass for maximum lemon flavor. 

Easier Take On This Cocktail

This cocktail is also similar to a gin and tonic in that it’s gin and lots of ice and water. So, if you want something similar but different, check out this Spanish Gin And Tonic Cocktail

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Okay, that’s it! Go stock up on all your bar essentials, head into the kitchen, make this, and share it with us by tagging @saltandwind and #swsociety on social!

Lillet Spritz Cocktail Recipe

Lemonade Lillet Spritz Cocktail Recipe

Easy, light, and subtle, this Lemonade Lillet Spritz Cocktail Recipe is the ideal warm-weather cocktail. It's bubbly, just a touch sweet and refreshing, made with Lillet Blanc, gin, lemon, honey, and soda water.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 8 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 1 drink
Calories 206 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 medium lemon for garnish
  • 1 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce honey or simple syrup
  • 2 ounces chilled Lillet Blanc
  • 1 ounce Hendricks Gin or other botanical gin
  • Large ice cubes
  • 3 ounces chilled club soda
  • 1 sprig fresh basil leaves or tarragon or mint leaves, for garnish (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Make The Horse's Neck Garnish: To remove the zest from the lemons, use a paring knife or Y peeler and, while rotating the lemon, carefully remove the peel in one long, continuous strip (avoiding the white pith). 
  • Make The Lemon Lillet Spritz Cocktail: In the bottom of a balloon wine glass or Tom Collins glass, stir together honey or simple syrup and lemon juice until dissolved and thinned out. Add the Lillet Blanc and gin and stir again.
    Place the horse's neck garnish against the inside of the glass and add ice cubes to fill (and hold the garnish in place). Add the soda water, then use a bar spoon to stir the mixture until it's thoroughly chilled. Garnish with herbs if using, and serve immediately. 

PERSONAL NOTES

Nutrition

Serving: 1 drinkCalories: 206kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 0.2gFat: 0.1gSaturated Fat: 0.01gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.02gSodium: 19mgPotassium: 45mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 107IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 10mgIron: 0.2mg
Keyword easy spritz cocktails, lillet blanc cocktail, summer cocktail
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