If you've never had the aperitif known as Lillet Rouge, you'll want to know that it's fruity, complex, and satisfying in its own right. Essentially a red wine that's fortified with a dash of quinine, as well as orange and other fruit liqueurs, it can be enjoyed over ice with an orange slice for an ultra-simple tipple. But it shines even brighter when paired with sweet and spicy ginger beer. Add a wedge of grapefruit, and you've got an unbeatable combination of ease and excellence.

Bold name aside, this aperitif is light and refreshing. At 18 percent alcohol, Lillet Rouge is a natural fit for day drinking, as it'll offer a subtle buzz without knocking you off your feet.

Get the exceptionally easy cocktail recipe.

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Notes

For an extra hit of grapefruit, add a few dashes of grapefruit bitters.

Lillet Rouge and Ginger Cocktail

Ingredients

2 ounces Lillet Rouge 

4 ounces ginger beer
Grapefruit slice
, for garnish

Directions

  1. Add chilled Lillet Rouge to an ice-filled collins glass. Top with ginger beer and garnish with the grapefruit slice.

Makes one cocktail.