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7 Manly Cocktails to Make with Lillet

Vesper © Lucas Allen

After a night on the line, most chefs have a go-to drink, from cheap beer to a house bartender’s expert cocktail. Here, star chefs reveal their favorite drinks.

Typically, Daniel Holzman, The Meatball Shop chef and co-owner, is a bourbon and Budweiser man. But lately he’s been drinking a lot of Lillet, a fruity, floral French aperitif wine. “It’s not the most masculine cocktail in the world,” he says. “Maybe there’s some sort of shandy I could make from Lillet and Budweiser.” Great idea. Here, a few more Lillet cocktails for aperitif lovers like Holzman.

1. Vesper
James Bond’s original cocktail of choice is made with gin, vodka and Lillet.

2. Golden Lillet Martini
This golden-hued cocktail is made with dark brown sugar, aged rhum agricole, Lillet and limoncello for a bright finish.

3. Tabernacle Crush
The American South meets the south of France in this slight and refreshing cocktail.

4. Sweet Basil
Basil, gin and Lillet make for an ultra-summery drink.

5. The Seville
This complex cocktail gets a terrific nuttiness from fino sherry.

6. Creole Resolution
Kick a Champagne cocktail up a notch with Lillet and homemade grenadine.

7. Dirty Blonde
This dirty martini is made “blonde” with the addition of Lillet.

Related: 10 Bracing Martinis
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