But an article I read recently left me with the impression that it was not like other aperitifs out there, and when I found a bottle on the shelf in the SAVEUR test kitchen, I poured a little for myself and the other kitchen interns to try. To my great surprise, it was sweet and citrusy and actually very lovely, and I knew I had to experiment with it. I immediately knew its herbal notes would pair beautifully with gin, and to round out its citrus tones I settled on the complimentarty bitterness of fresh squeezed grapefruit juice. In addition to its ingredients of oranges and white wine, Lillet also includes quinine, a strong bittering agent that lends its flavor to tonic water, among other things. To round that out, I added a splash of St. Germain elderflower liqueur, a densely sweet, floral flavor that brings the drink's bitter-sweet balance to a perfectly harmonious place. The resulting drink is very chic, very French, and a lovely pale yellow hue: a true French blonde.