Lillet is an infused wine aperitif available in white, rose and red — each with slightly different flavor notes. While delicious on its own, this cocktail adds a warming spiced syrup and fresh blood orange juice to make it feel extra cozy for the holidays and pick up on the berry and spice flavors in Lillet Rouge.
Make the spiced syrup: Combine 1 1/2 cups water, the sugar, cloves, cinnamon stick and blood orange zest in a small saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring to dissolve the sugar; simmer until syrupy and reduced to 1 cup, about 15 minutes. Let cool, then strain.
Make the cocktail: Combine the Lillet, blood orange juice and 1 tablespoon of the spiced syrup in a large glass and stir. Add ice and top with seltzer. Garnish with a blood orange slice.