Drinking in Season: Lillet Rouge and Cherry Cocktail Recipe

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.

Recipe Facts

Active: 5 mins
Total: 5 mins
Serves: 1 serving

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

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

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

Special Equipment

Cocktail shaker, muddler or wooden spoon

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
247 Calories
0g Fat
22g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving
Calories 247
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 14g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 7mg 34%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 214mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)