Fizzy Gin and Lillet Punch

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

We threw a little shindig today to say goodbye to SE Ad Sales Director Erin Adamo. I mixed up this bubbly punch—it's a good brunch or predinner drink: a little tart, a little sweet, and a little more complex than you'd expect. If you don't have Lillet Rouge, you could substitute a high-quality sweet vermouth (such as Dolin), but it won't be quite the same.

I used Small Hand Foods grenadine, but you can also make your own.

Fizzy Gin and Lillet Punch

About This Recipe

Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes


  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 ounces Lillet Rouge
  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3 dashes orange bitters
  • 1 ounce high-quality grenadine
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine, chilled


  1. 1

    Peel the orange with a vegetable peeler (removing zest only, not pith) and place peels in a cocktail shaker. Fill the shaker with ice.

  2. 2

    Add the juice of the orange and the lemon, Lillet Rouge, gin, orange bitters, and grenadine. Stir well. Pour entire contents (including ice) into pitcher.

  3. 3

    Top with entire bottle of sparkling wine, pouring slowly down to side so as not to overflow. Stir gently and serve immediately.

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