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Lillet, Blanc Aperitif de France
"A dry martini. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel."
Ian Fleming, the creator of James Bond, also invented The Vesper the martini Bond ordered “shaken, not stirred". Lillet, available in Rouge and Blanc, is similar to vermouth, but has the wonderfully distinct flavours of honey, orange, lime, and mint. It is best served chilled (as you would a white wine) and can be enjoyed on its own over ice with optional orange slice, or in a cocktail. As its popularity increased outside of France, many delicious Lillet cocktails have been created. Lillet Blanc is the perfect companion to appetizers such as smoked salmon, caviar, gruyere, and fresh fruit.