This simple variation gets a one-two punch of bitter quinine from both tonic and Lillet Blanc. A fortified white wine-based apéritif made outside Bordeaux, Lillet (pronounced lee-LAY) is golden hued, citrus forward and has been clinking around bars since 1872. Since all the ingredients in the cocktail (Lillet, bubbles, tonic) skew somewhat sweet — in spite of quinine’s bitter notes — make sure to seek out both dry tonic and dry sparkling wine to avoid crossing over to saccharine. If you don’t have access to dry tonic, you can also use equal parts tonic and club soda.
- Serves: 1 person
- 2ounces Lillet Blanc
- 3ounces dry sparkling wine
- 1ounce dry tonic, such as Fever-Tree or Q Tonic
- Lemon twist
Step 1Fill a wine glass with ice, then add the Lillet Blanc. Top with sparkling wine and tonic. Add the lemon twist directly into the spritz and enjoy immediately.