Looking back, I haven’t made a cocktail to share with you in a while. This summer it’s been all about Pinot Gris, Viognier and of course my usual Michigan IPA’s. I’ve also made David’s summer by getting into Belgian style beer, something which I have never liked before and am now wondering how that was so. (I find it endlessly interesting how ones taste buds can change over time to like new things or dislike things you used to think were the cat’s meow. I never thought as a young child I would ever like something as nasty as the tomato. 🙂 ) Having not made a cocktail in quite a while I checked our spirits inventory and flipped through the PDT book (see admonition below) and chose the Water Lily. Crème de Violette is not a spirit commonly used in the cocktail world but it lends delicate floral and sweet notes and a pretty violet hue to cocktails like the Aviation, Blue Moon, and this cocktail.
slightly adapted from: The PDT Cocktail Book (Do you enjoy cocktails? Do you like making cocktails? Have you bought this book yet? If not, shame on you.)
makes: 1 cocktail
3/4 ounce gin (London dry style- by the way, Detroit is pretty awesome with it’s award winning distilleries. See below.)
3/4 ounce Rothman & Winter Crème de Violette*
3/4 ounce Cointreau
3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice- strained through a fine-mesh strainer
orange twist for garnish
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled coupe.
Detroit City Distillery– I used their small batch gin for this recipe.
Two James Distillery-2 award winning whiskeys, and other spirits like vodka, gin, bourbon, and now absinthe.
Valentine Distilling– Valentine has received multiple awards for their vodka, gin and whiskey.
* Rothman & Winter’s Crème de Violette is produced from careful maceration of Queen Charlotte and March Violets in “Weinbrand” (this distilled from grapes), with sugar cane added for sweetness. You may see Crème de Violette and Crème Yvette side by side on the liquor shelf, but they are not the same. Yes, Crème Yvette is made with violets, but also has berries, cassis, honey, orange peel and vanilla and is much more red in color. It is great in other things, but you will not get the appropriate hue for an Aviation, and definitely not for a Blue Moon.