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Apr 28, 2011 10:40 AM

Crème de Violette, Two Questions

Hi All, I just bought a bottle of Crème de Violette for Aviation cocktails. I’m experimenting and haven’t hit it out of the park yet. For those who don’t know the liquor it is a beautiful bright purple (I don’t know if the color is artificial or not since the label doesn’t list ingredients) and very sweet.

1) Can you recommend you favorite Aviation cocktail recipe?

2) What other cocktails or other recipes can Crème de Violette be good for? I’ve heard champaign cocktails, over ice cream, or soaked into cakes. Anything else?


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  1. For the Aviation, i use (approximately) 2 oz dry gin (Tanqueray is the house brand), juice from half a lemon (or more it its small or dry), a couple of dashes of Luxardo maraschino and the same quantity of Creme Violette. Shake & strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with lemon twist and/or a violet petal. If you like it sweeter, add more of the liqueurs.

    Another is the Yale Cocktail, which is basically a wet gin Martini with a little Violette added. Some use Creme Yvette, which has recently been re-released, but its more magenta than blue, which sort of defeats the purpose.

    1. I'd love to come to your house!

      And yes, a splash in a glass of bubbly would be excellent.

      1. I usually add a bit of simple syrup, since I don't want the maraschino to take over.

        Which CrdViolette are you using?

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        1. re: jaykayen

          I'm using the Rothman and Winter - it was the only one my store had - also where I got the luxardo and wish I held out and went to a store with a different brand of maraschino.

        2. it's gorgeous used in a Kir Royale (with Champagne or sparkling wine)

          1. Kindred Cocktails lists 14 cocktails that use Creme de Violette, plus 3 Aviation variations. If you like CdV, try the bold Rose Window. I was skeptical, but pleasantly surprised that an entire ounce of such a strong ingredient can go into a cocktail and still be balanced.:

            Rose Window
            by Zachary Pearson

            1 1/2 oz Gin, Broker's
            1 oz Campari
            1 oz Crème de Violette, Rothman and Winter
            3/4 oz Lemon juice
            2 sli Pineapple
            1 twst Orange peel
            2 ds Orange bitters, Regan's orange bitters
            1 Egg white

            In a shaker, muddle pineapple, orange peel and bitters. Add remaining ingredients and dry shake for 45 seconds. Add ice and shake for 30 seconds. Double strain into a coupe.

            My notes: Good cocktail, but you need to like floral flavors at least a little.

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