This year, I’m simplifying my holiday gift giving list even more by keeping my hostess gifts simple and satisfying. For homemade gifts, I’m passing out small cellophane sacks of a spicy maple caramel popcorn (recipe on pg. 266 of Gatherings, but this is a suitable replacement that people seem to love) and for something store-bought I’m opting for a bottle of Lillet instead of red or white wine.
I’m a big fan of Lillet, but I’m not sure if everyone else is aware of its charms. A French aperitif, from the Bordeaux region of France, it’s light, citrusy and full of floral notes, and while I often enjoy it served over some ice with a piece of orange or lemon in the summer, I think it’s also lovely to offer to someone during the holidays when you want to thank them for something. It has a longer shelf life then wine and can be stored in the fridge for a month or two, meaning it can be enjoyed all season long.
Here are some suggestions for how to serve Lillet this time of year (you could also write these ideas on a recipe card to accompamy the bottle):
- Combine 2 Tbsp. Lillet, 2 Tbsp. pomegranate juice and 1 Tbsp. pomegranate seeds in a champagne flute and top with sparkling wine or champagne.
- Pour 2 oz. Lillet into an ice-filled highball and top with Schweppes cranberry gingerale. Garnish with slice of orange and a few cranberries.
What are you giving for hostess gifts this year?
Looking for more holiday how-tos? Check out the rest of the series here:
- How to Fill a Bread Basket
- How to Make Homemade Fruit and Nut Crisps
- How to Make Three Easy (Gluten-Free) Appetizers for the Holidays