Earlier this month I was staying at a house with a garden full of mint. It was late afternoon, and I looking for something refreshing but not too boozy to serve, and found this drink on the Lillet website. The recipe seemed to be translated from the French a little imprecisely (I took "1 tspn sugar cane" to mean 1 tsp cane sugar, etc.), so there was a some minor guesswork involved in the process. In any case it turned out to be a keeper: very subtle and nuanced, with a nice little kick of spice from the ginger (I gave it all a good muddle first).
Lillet Sin (adapted from the Lillet Website)
makes one drink
2 ounces Lillet blanc (white Lillet)
4 ice cubes
2 tbs crushed ice (I omitted this)
3 or 4 fresh mint leaves
1 wedge lime
1 thin slice fresh ginger
1 tsp "sugar cane" (I used plain granulated sugar)
Tonic water or Perrier (I used club soda - and was actually wondering if that was what was meant by "tonic water.")
Muddle the ginger and lime together with the sugar in a tall glass. Add the Lillet and ice, and top up with club soda. Garnish with a sprig of mint.
What are you drinking during these last days of summer?
(Images: Nora Maynard)