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Heidi Swanson, one of my Internet heroes, recently posted a recipe for Lillet Buttermilk Shakes and asked whether anyone had other Lillet suggestions. Here’s mine.

lillet, rocks, twist

Lillet also happens to be a favorite in our home. I usually drink it over ice, with a slice of orange. But ever since I had a Lillet-jito at the Front Porch several months ago, I’ve been obsessing about how to make delicious Lillet-jitos at home.

Usually, this involves fruit. Sometimes, I also throw in an herb. That’s how I arrived at this concoction. Well, that, and a two-pound container of blueberries, basil from my mother’s overgrown garden, and midweek thirst for a post-work, warm-day cocktail.
blueberries in glass

Blueberry Basil Lillet-jitos

Note: Fruit or herb can be varied. I’ve tried strawberries and mint, but I imagine any ripe berries and most summer herbs would work. For an extra boozy drink, add a splash of vodka at the end.

1/3 cup blueberries
3-4 leaves fresh basil (mint would work too)
1 tsp sugar
1/3 cup Lillet
Splash of sparkling water

Muddle blueberries, basil, and sugar in glass. Smash the berries if you can (I used the wrong end of a wooden spoon for this). Add Lillet and mix with muddled fruit mixture. Add ice to fill the glass, then top off with sparkling water.

Proportions can be adjusted to taste.

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