There is still quinine in Lillet. The recipe of Lillet contains less sugar than the Kina Lillet one. to To counterbalance, there is less quinine. But this is false to pretend there is no more quinine in Lillet. And of course, you still can recreate the James Bond favorite Vesper with Lillet.
- anonymous, 1st Mar '11
The original "Kina Lillet" although not technically a Vermouth was somewhat dry due due to the incorporation of the bark of the cinchona tree, which contains quinine. The modern formulation "Lillet Blanc" was invented for "modern" palates i.e. young drinkers and the quinine has been left out. So if you were hoping to recreate James Bond's "Vesper" cocktail you're out of luck - Kina Lillet is no longer sold.
- Shaken Not Stirred, 28th Nov '10
The word vermouth comes from the German word for "wormwood", a bitter herb sometimes used to treat upset stomachs, and an essential ingredient for Vermouths made by Martini and Noilly Prat, in fact it is the wormwood which imparts the "dryness" in any dry martini.
- Martini Drinker, 28th Nov '10
Sorry, but WHY EXACTLY is this not a vermouth? What are the rules? Is this an aromatised wine, and if so, why is it not a vermouth?? Thx, Jimbo
- anonymous, 3rd Aug '10
85% wine 15 % liquor (this is NOT vermouth)
- anonymous, 3rd Aug '10
RE: Vermouth - I've never thought of Lillet as a vermouth, but the label on my bottle says "blended with herbs and fruits". So, unless there is another criteria besides being fortified and blended with herbs/spices I guess it would correctly be considered a vermouth.BTW- My favorite Vesper is 3oz Dry Fly Gin, 1oz Dry Fly Vodka, splash of Lillet and 3 drops Fee Bros Citrus bitters. Enjoy!
- Nigel St. Nigel, 13th Jul '10
2 drops angustura bitters, splash of Lillet, 1 oz Chase Vodka, 3oz Crown Jewel Gin = the best Vesper imaginable
- Ars Magic, 1st Jun '10
they are both fortified wines, but vermouths are blended with herbs and spices ( like KFC).
- anonymous, 15th Apr '10
Absolutely delicious on its own chilled or a must have ingredient for my favourite cocktail, the 'Vesper'.A must have for any drinks enthusiast.
- anonymous, 16th Mar '10
1/2 oz kina lillet 3 oz tanqueray gin1 oz stolichnaya vodka
- anonymous, 29th Jan '10
Can anyone explain EXACTLY why Lillet is not a vermouth instead of just saying that it isn't one?
- anonymous, 18th Jan '10
Its not a vermouth.
- anonymous, 16th Jan '10
What would be the expected shelf life and what is the best metheod of storage once opened? I want to get a bottle for my vespers but a bottle goes a long way and it's about three times more expensive than most vermouth.
- Mike Stanley, 24th Dec '09
Excellent by itself, as well.
- anonymous, 16th Dec '09
Reminds me my mother, in some elegant meetings, had lillet, served chilled
- Rolando, 26th Nov '09
- anonymous, 11th Aug '09
try it with gordans gin and skimrof vodka
- anonymous, 23rd Jun '09
Lovely, light, golden, floral vermouth, refreshing alternative to Extra Dry or Bianco Cinzano and Martini. Try it long, especially on a hot day, topped up with various fruit juices or even simple lemonade and ice.
- Jon, 20th Nov '08
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