Lillet Vive Cocktail Recipe

Lillet Blanc is an aperitif that has enjoyed a revival since James Bond ordered a Vesper Martini in the movie Casino Royale. Originally, the Vesper was made with another very similar aperitif, Kina Lillet, which is no longer being produced.

Lillet Vive Cocktail Recipe

Lillet is a French aperitif that dates back to 1872 in Podensac in Bordeaux, crafted from a blend of 85% wine and 15% liqueur with quinine and orange peel. Three varieties are produced, Lillet Blanc, Lillet Rosé and Lillet Rouge, each using a different grape varieties as a base. The wine blend is then aged for one year in oak casks.

Lillet Blanc (17% ABV) is made from a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc and has many uses in cocktails and mixed drinks aside from a vermouth substitute in Martinis.  One of the simplest ways to enjoy Lillet Blanc in summer is chilled, with ice and a slice of orange or in this Lillet Vive cocktail recipe with a splash of tonic water and summer berries.

Lillet Vive Cocktail Recipe


  • 50 ml Lillet Blanc
  • 100 ml tonic water

Glassware: wine glass
Garnish: blueberries, raspberries, sprig of mint


Build the drink in a wine glass with ice and garnish with fresh berries and a spring of mint.

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Lillet Vive Cocktail Recipe was last modified: July 20th, 2016 by Corinne Mossati
Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of Cocktails & Bars and popular online magazine Gourmantic. She is named in the Australian Bartender Magazine Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The World’s 50 Best Bars Academy who judges the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions. Read the full bio here.