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Lillet, Blanc Aperitif de France
â€œA dry martini. Three measures of Gordonâ€™s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until itâ€™s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel.â€ Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond, also invented The Vesper â€” the martini Bond ordered â€œshaken, not stirredâ€. 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.