Drinking in Season: Lillet Rouge and Cherry Cocktail

[Photograph: Kelly Carámbula]

Cherries are in full force at the market; the only hard part is choosing between deep burgundy Bing cherries and the lightly blushed Royal Anns. To get in the summer spirit, I've been making a sangria-like mixture of the aperitif Lillet Rouge with gin and cherries. A dash of orange bitters (along with an orange twist and a cool splash of seltzer water) rounds out the cocktail to make a flavorful yet easy-drinking summer refreshment.

About the author: Kelly Carámbula blogs about her adventures in the kitchen, including a weekly happy hour, on eat make read. She is also the founder and publisher of Remedy Quarterly, an independent food magazine.

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Drinking in Season: Lillet Rouge and Cherry Cocktail

About This Recipe

Active time:5 minutes
Total time:5 minutes
Special equipment:cocktail shaker, muddler or wooden spoon


  • 4 bing cherries, pitted
  • 3 ounces Lillet Rouge
  • 1 ounce gin, such as Hendrick's
  • 2 dashes orange bitters
  • Splash of seltzer water
  • Orange twist, about 2 inches
  • 1 whole bing cherry, to garnish


  1. 1

    In a cocktail shaker, muddle cherries lightly. Add Lillet Rouge, gin, and bitters. Fill with ice and shake vigorously for 10 seconds.

  2. 2

    Pour into a collins glass, including the ice. Top off with a splash of seltzer water.

  3. 3

    Squeeze the orange twist over the drink to express citrus oils, then drop into drink. Garnish with a whole cherry.


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