What proof is Lillet?

Answered by John Hunt

Lillet is a fortified wine that has a proof of 34, or 17% ABV (alcohol by volume). This means that it contains 34 units of alcohol for every 100 units of liquid. To put it into perspective, a typical bottle of wine usually has a lower alcohol content, ranging from 11-15% ABV.

Fortified wines, such as Lillet, are made by adding a distilled spirit, usually brandy, to a base wine. This process not only increases the alcohol content but also adds complexity and depth to the flavor profile. The addition of the spirit also helps to preserve the wine, allowing it to have a longer shelf life compared to regular wines.

With its 34 proof, Lillet is considered to be relatively strong for a wine. It falls into the category of aperitifs, which are meant to be enjoyed before a meal to stimulate the appetite. Aperitifs like Lillet are often served on the rocks or used as a base for cocktails.

Personally, I find Lillet to be a delightful and versatile drink. Its slightly higher alcohol content gives it a pleasant warmth and a bit more kick compared to regular wines. The flavors are complex and well-balanced, with notes of citrus, honey, and herbs. It can be enjoyed on its own or used to create delicious cocktails like the classic Vesper Martini, which features Lillet alongside gin and vodka.

It’s worth noting that the term “proof” is commonly used in the United States to measure alcohol content, while other countries, such as the United Kingdom, use the term “ABV.” Both terms essentially refer to the same thing, the alcohol content in a beverage.

Lillet is a fortified wine with a proof of 34, or 17% ABV. Its higher alcohol content makes it stronger than regular wines but still falls within the range of a super-strong wine. Whether sipped on its own or used as a base for cocktails, Lillet offers a unique and enjoyable drinking experience.