want to try either Creme Yvette or Creme de Violette.....any opinions on which to get?
Can't see myself making enough drinks that would require me to have both. I know they are similar but have different tastes......which one would you recommend trying?
Also considering ( Luxardo) maraschino but worried about it always being described as "funky" lol. I do lean towards sweeter flavored drinks
Can't speak to Creme Yvette or Creme de Violette since I haven't tried either, but I very much recommend the maraschino- it's used in my two current favorite drinks (brandy Crusta and Martinez) and in a number of other classics. I would describe the flavor as unusual more than funky- it doesn't taste like anything I've ever had before, but in a good way. It adds a unique "extra something" to drinks that makes people wonder what the secret ingredient is.
I've heard good about Yvette and Violette but not tried either. The Luxardo maraschino I do own and it's a more niche offering, in my opinion. If you want to try simply an interesting flavor, I can't recommend the Briottet Creme De Mure (Blackberry Liqueur from Dijon, France) highly enough. Had some in champagne recently and would trade my whole bottle of maraschino for another glass.
Maraschino is very useful in making both classic and modern recipes. Having it will greatly expand the drinks that you can make as you look through recipe books and on-line resources.
Violette is intensely floral -- like perfume. A tiny bit goes a long way. I use 1/2 to 1 tsp in an Aviation in order to avoid overwhelming the other flavors. A bottle lasts an eternity. I was able to split mine with some other people. Perhaps this option is available to you?
I haven't tried Yvette, but I understand it works well in an Aviation too. It is quite expensive, but I'm sure the bottle will last forever. The additional warm and citrus flavors in Yvette may make it useful in more drinks.
I suggest buying the Maraschino as the first priority. Since I don't particularly care for floral flavors, I'd try the Yvette over the Violette, but that's only my taste. Or find a friend, each by one and swap half with each other.
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thanks for the reply....unfortunately I don't have any friends that drink anything more than beer/wine/vodka so no one to split a bottle with. I have a bit of an obsession with comparing things so I'll probably get the Yvette AND the CdV so I can try both (although its a lot of money to spend on something I may not like).
Since no sample bottles exist, it might be worth trying CdV in a bar, maybe in an aviation, if there's one near you that actually stocks it. With most ingredients, you'll find some way to use up a bottle, but this one isn't particularly versatile- that's the reason why I haven't tried it yet.
I'll jump on the bandwagon and recommend you going with the Luxardo first. The Rothman and Winter Creme de Violette at our place didn't really move too well until my wife discovered the Water Lily from the PDT book. A bit sweet for many of the folks around here, but highlights the Violette nicely. Also looks a bit like a Monet painting with a wide orange peel garnish.
well, I picked up the maraschino and the creme de violette and will hopefully taste them this weekend. Decided to wait on the Yvette for the moment because it's pretty pricey ($46)