Wine for the weekend — Lillet

For Ian Fleming aficionados, Lillet will need no introduction (it was the crucial ingredient in agent 007’s lethal Vesper martini*), but for those uninitiated in the glories of this fortified wine, may we suggest you try it icy cold as an aperitif, Bourdellaise-style.**

Produced since 1872, Lillet is made from a blend of oak-matured wines, which are then blended with fruit liqueurs. Old school, but delicious – it’s one we’ve seen cropping up on more and more bars (along with re-emerging favourites such as Italian digestivo Fernet-Branca).
£15 at www.thedrinkshop.com

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* Three measures of Gordon's gin, one of vodka, half a measure of Lillet. Shake until ice cold, then garnish with a slice of lemon zest. Phew.
** Alternatively, Dr Hannibal Lecter enjoyed his with a slice of orange.