FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

France, Bordeaux, Lillet

May 1, 2008
2008 / May 2008

An apéritif is like a tender lover — subtle, artful, enticing. As the word implies, it is an appetizer or an opening.

In France, home of many apéritifs, Lillet is the only one produced in Bordeaux. Not surprising then that its base is wine from the same grape varieties — Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Cabernet Sauvignon — as the region’s celebrated wines. In the next step, mostly citric fruits and orange peels from around the world are steeped in brandy to make a liqueur. The final blend is then made — 85 percent wine, 15 percent liqueur — and aged in wood casks for a year. That is all: There are no added flavors, herbs or spices.

As Bruno Eugène Borie, CEO of Lillet, likes to point out, “Lillet is not a vermouth.” Vermouth is wine-based, but it undergoes so many additions and manipulations — sugar syrup, as many as 50 herbs, plants, seeds and flowers, tannin, pasteurization and other ingredients and procedures — that it is no longer recognizable as wine.

Lillet, on the other hand, is a pure apéritif wine.

Once its time in cask is complete, the pleasure begins. Throughout much of Europe, apéritif time is just before lunch. In the United States, we’re more likely to imbibe before dinner during the traditional cocktail hour. The truth is apéritif time can begin anytime, anywhere on a warm, relaxing day.

Lillet was created in 1887 by Raymond and Paul Lillet. Originally, there was only a white Lillet, and that version, which has the color of golden honey, a floral bouquet and the scent of orange and lime, still accounts for 80 percent of its production. Red Lillet, added in 1962, has hints of vanilla and red berries.

How best to enjoy Lillet? Drink it neat and chilled in a stemmed wineglass. Add a slice of lemon or orange and call it “On ice with a slice.” Or make a Vesper, James Bond’s favorite martini, by shaking 3 ounces gin, 1 ounce vodka and one-half ounce white Lillet over ice, strain it into a martini glass and add a slice of lemon peel.

Cheers.

Introducing

FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.

#globility

Insta Feed
Daily
Nov 28, 2022

World’s Most Underrated Travel Experiences

Adventure tour operator Explore Worldwide recently conducted a study to find the most underrated travel experiences around the world. The operator analyzed more than 350 lesser-known destinations and experiences across more than 130 countries, ranking them based on how high its Trip Advisor score fared against how many people actually reviewed the activity and how many Google searches the experience received.

6,000 Reasons and More to Celebrate!

IHG® Hotels & Resorts certainly has a lot to celebrate, starting with an incredible growth story. Over the past five years, IHG has acquired or launched six new brands: Six Senses® Hotels Resorts Spas, Regent® Hotels & Resorts, Vignette™ Collection, voco™ hotels, avid® hotels and Atwell Suites™. Most recently, IHG reached an important milestone with its 6,000th open hotel. The company looks to further expand its portfolio by 30 percent with 1,800 hotels in the development pipeline, with significant focus on growth in the luxury segment where IHG is positioned as one of the top two hotel chains.

Slideshow
Nov 28, 2022

8 Reasons to Put Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Your Travel List

It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s some destination inspiration for you. Take a visual journey through Buenos Aires, Argentina, with us.

Daily
Nov 28, 2022

Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club Coming to PHL

Philadelphia International Airport announced a new Chase Sapphire Lounge by The Club is coming to the airport. Created in collaboration with PHL, MarketPlace PHL, Chase and Airport Dimensions, the 20,000-square-foot lounge space, in the airport’s Terminal D/E connector, will boast locally inspired décor and a curated menu.

Discover Egypt in Total Luxury with World’s Most Eminent Archaeologists

THE MOST EXCLUSIVE TOURS OF EGYPT EVER OFFERED with the world’s most eminent archaeologists

Daily
Nov 28, 2022

The Radio Hotel Opens in Colorful New York City Neighborhood

The Radio Hotel and Tower, opened earlier this year, sits in the heart of Washington Heights, a west-side Manhattan neighborhood near George Washington Bridge.

Daily
Nov 23, 2022

“Celebrity Beyond” Begins Inaugural U.S. Season

At the end of October, Celebrity Cruises’ newest ship, Celebrity Beyond, arrived in New York City, marking its North American debut and beginning its inaugural U.S. season. I had the pleasure of exploring the ship while it was docked in Bayonne, New Jersey, and learning more about the transformational new ship with the first and American female captain, Kate McCue.

TAP Air Portugal: 77 Years Young

TAP Air Portugal, or rather Transportes Aéreos Portugueses, was founded 77 years ago, March 14, 1945, and flew its first commercial flight September 19, 1946, inaugurating service from Lisbon to Madrid, Spain, aboard a Douglas DC-3.

Daily
Nov 23, 2022

3 Destinations That Inspired Literary Masterminds

Looking for your next place to instill inspiration? These neighborhoods and hotels saw literary greats walk their corridors, from James Joyce to Oscar Wilde. Consider staying at these elegant properties and walking these destinations to experience the same influential nature these places had on some of the greatest writers in history.