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Violet Extract or Violet Liquer

naddine Aug 14, 2011 11:50 AM

Are there any places in Calgary that sell violet extract or violet liquer?

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    PrairiePie Aug 16, 2011 09:22 PM

    I have never seen it. I am actually making my own by picking violets and steeping in alcohol. They have been in it since spring and I haven't had time to check the flavour. Perhaps I will do that tonight.

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    1. re: PrairiePie
      Lingcullen Aug 17, 2011 07:05 PM

      OooH please let us know how it is! i have a big patch growing in my yard and it would be neat to use them this way

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        PrairiePie May 2, 2012 06:45 PM

        Oh, I know this is only almost a year later! But I get so busy in the summer with selling at the Farmers' Market. I did finally open my violet liquore. It has a lovely floral aroma but I have still not used any. One tip, pull out the petals and discard the green piece that holds them together. The green makes the liquore bitter.

    2. Bryn Aug 16, 2011 09:49 PM

      The liquor board site doesn't show any violet liquors being sold in alberta...

      1. TSAW May 3, 2012 04:01 PM

        Parfait d'Amour is a type of violet liquor. I believe it has an orange base but violet overtones. Not totally sure because I tasted it mixed in a cocktail at Ox and Angela. The bartender said it was violet flavored liqueur. I didn't taste is straight. It did have a beautiful purple hue which sat nicely at the bottom of the glass. I am going to pick up a bottle. 13 liquor stores in Calgary stock it. Check liquorconnect for the store closest to you.

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          cancowboy May 3, 2012 08:17 PM

          Wikipedia suggests that there are different flavour profiles depending on the distiller.
          Marie Blizard is "a curaçao base, flavoured with rose petals, vanilla and almonds".

          Giffard Violette Liqueur is listed on llquorconnect but only at Bin 905

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