Orange Lillet Cocktail, aka The OLC

There is a rooster on my shoulder

We didn’t have a name for this drink so we were going to use the first orange flower we thought of — the tiger lily. The second one was marigold, which just doesn’t have the same ring. Turns out tiger lily and marigold are taken.

How’s it taste? Kind of like a mimosa, but more floral, less bubbly — the drink, not the flowers.


  • 4 ounces orange juice, freshly squeezed
  • 2 ounces Lillet
  • 1 ounce cognac
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp orange flower water
  • egg white

Pour all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for about 30 seconds. Strain into a wine glass or champagne flute. Remove lid from shaker and spoon extra foam onto the top of the drink. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar if desired.

About Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide

This blog attempts to collect some of the things I try to create with food and booze. Sometimes I succeed and sometimes I fail. My hope is to entertain and maybe help people think a little harder about what they decide to eat and drink.
This entry was posted in Recipes, Spirits and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

24 Responses to Orange Lillet Cocktail, aka The OLC

  1. Kristy says:

    Mmmm. Looks like a good one – and bonus, I’ll get to use more of the orange flower water. 🙂

  2. JamieAnne says:

    This looks great! I’ll take one!

  3. Lillet is a really old fashioned aperitif here. It’s not unusual to see faded, hand painted advertisements for Lillet on the side of houses in the small villages. I very much like this style of aperitif

  4. peasepudding says:

    Hubby drinks martinis so after the last Bond Movie we have lillet in our cupboard!

  5. SimpleP says:

    That would be a perfect brunch beverage. Sounds delicious.

  6. aFrankAngle says:

    Seems delightful. Cheers!

  7. Eva Taylor says:

    Happy Thursday! What does Lillet taste like? Sure looks appealing…not drinking for another two weeks…

  8. zestybeandog says:

    I think you need to have us all over for happy hour and apps! ASAP!

  9. what time should I be over?

  10. Sara says:

    Oh I love Lillet. We went to a Bastille day party last year where it was being served–vive la France!

  11. billpeeler says:

    Looks refreshing and delicious!

  12. Sophie Grumble says:

    I appreciate your blog so much, I have nominated you for the Sunshine Award! =D By the way, that drink looks delicious!

  13. I take cognac and honey when I am going with some cold symptom.

  14. Lauren says:

    Okay, I need to get some lillet. And cognac.

  15. I think your OLC has a much finer “ring” to it.. I’d order one of these before the “marigold”..

  16. oh how i love drinking. . . but i just have the cognac

  17. What a wonderful drink looks refreshing, perfect for spring/summer cocktail party!

  18. When I working in the wine biz, Lillet was one of those alcohol beverages that people would always look at with a confused face when I suggested it them. Great sounds concoction!

  19. egg me on says:

    Obviously, I’m a tad behind on my blog reading this week … but great cocktail! The orange color is fantastic. I actually like The OLC for the name. Yes, I’ll have The OLC. See? Nice ring to it.

  20. A more floral mimosa? Intriguing. I’ll have to try that because I do like me a mimosa every weekend!

  21. Karen says:

    I love Lillet, it is such a nice aperitif. I would love your cocktail.

  22. Jessica says:

    I keep meaning to try an eggy cocktail…

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.