Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Creme de Violette (and the original Aviation recipe)

This is violet liqueur. As in, made from violets.

I know what you're thinking: "Wouldn't that be like drinking alcoholic soap?" Well, no. While I wouldn't drink it straight, it does add a lovely floral note to cocktails, sort of like a floral grappa.

And it's purple.

Really! Check out this cocktail made with just a little creme de violette:

It's purty.

The original recipe for an Aviation is:

2 parts gin
1/2 part lemon juice
1/2 part maraschino liqueur
1/2 part creme de violette

Garnish with maraschino cherry (or lemon twist, as above).

If nothing else, drinking a purple drink is a lot prettier than drinking a gin-colored drink.


  1. Thank you for correcting. As a cocktail geek, an Aviation just isn't the same w/o the violette. I'd use a quarter oz instead of a half oz though.

  2. You are correct - it is very pretty! Perfect for a summer afternoon. I'd float a violet or pansy on the top - very girlie!