Lillet and Tonic Is the Perfect Low-Proof Summer Sipper

Lillet and Tonic Is the Perfect Low-Proof Summer Sipper

May 17, 2019 Off By readly




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I am a lazy person, but I become even lazier once the temperature rises about 72 degrees. I also become very panicky if left in the heat too long, which means I need a steady stream of easy-to-make, but not too boozy cocktails to keep me calm. Gin and tonic works for a bit, but guzzling gin, no matter how diluted, can get one into trouble.

This is all to say that I have become a big fan of Lillet Blanc and tonic. The wine-based aperitif has an ABV of 17%—less than half of gin—and its fruity character plays very well with bittersweet tonic. I like mine with a slightly muddled slice of orange, but a small handful of raspberries works just as well. There’s no need for a stirring vessel—this baby can be built right in the glass. To make it, you will need:

  • 1 1/2 ounces Lillet Blanc
  • Half an orange round (or another fruit if you like)
  • Really good tonic

Place the orange slice in the glass and gently muddle by pressing on it four or five times with a wooden spoon. Add the Lillet, give it a stir, then add a big ice cube (or a handful of regular ice) and top with tonic. Sip and repeat as needed, until you are calm and not so freaked out about the heat, or at least the thought of the impending heat.

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Claire Lower

Claire is the Food & Beverage editor for Lifehacker, and a noted duck fat enthusiast. She lives in Portland, Oregon with a slightly hostile cat.

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