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Creme de Violette / Maraschino liqueur

ASingh Nov 24, 2013 11:49 AM

As part of my quest to master some of the classic gin cocktails, I'm turning my attention to the Aviation

I was surprised to find in my collection, a bottle of each (Giffard brand) of the above - part of a premature spending spree to create an instant home bar. The only thing is they were purchased approximately 7 years ago! Although they have never been opened.

Can they be used or do I pour them down the sink?

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    curseofleisure RE: ASingh Nov 24, 2013 12:41 PM

    If they've never been opened, they will be pretty much identical to the day you bought them. Even if they had been opened, they would be perfectly fine, other than perhaps a little bit of sugar crystalization.

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    1. re: curseofleisure
      ASingh RE: curseofleisure Nov 24, 2013 12:47 PM

      Thanks. How long do they keep after opening and are they best refrigerated?

      The reason for my doubt is the reference to longevity of liqueurs in relation to above or below 20% abv. My creme de violette is 25% but I've seen other violet liqueurs at 16%

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        curseofleisure RE: ASingh Nov 24, 2013 01:17 PM

        I'm not an expert on the subject. There are others on this board who know much more than I about shelf life and life after opening. All I can say is that I've had my bottle of Rothman & Winter for three or four years and it's perfectly fine. I believe it's 20% abv. My gut tells me that between the alcohol and sugar, they should keep for a very long time.

      2. re: curseofleisure
        CarmenR RE: curseofleisure Nov 24, 2013 04:00 PM

        I agree with this- the texture might be a bit off as well, but it should be safe to drink.

        Also, we don't refrigerate our violette or marschino and it's always been fine, however we go through it pretty quickly. The aviation (along with a corpse reviver #2) is my go-to drink when I want something quick and easy. I will also recommend the Water Lily as a great spin on an aviation, recipe can be found here: http://www.starchefs.com/love_potions...

        As far as aviations go, I will say that I usually add a dash more lemon than many recipes call for...otherwise, it can come out a bit too floral for me (especially depending on the gin.) I would recommend Plymouth for the aviation as it's not too strongly flavored, and go light on the violette until you know how that specific bottle sits. Incidentally, Tanquaray 10 makes the absolute best corpse reviver #2 outside of Bluecoat imho (husband disagrees.)

      3. JMF RE: ASingh Nov 24, 2013 07:45 PM

        Giffard liqueurs are really good. I just did a tasting on them the other day and ordered several to use in the high end cocktail bars I consult to and direct.

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