October 14, 2023 by Anna-Bet Stemmet
If you’re on the lookout for delightful and distinctive liqueur-based drinks, we’d highly recommend crème de violette cocktails. This versatile spirit effortlessly elevates everything from slow sippers to decadent desserts, bringing a splash of color and sophistication to any table.
What is crème de violette?
Crème de violette is a liqueur infused with the essence of violet flowers. The delicate blooms are macerated in a neutral spirit like vodka or grain alcohol, then sweetened with a hint of sugar and water. The end result? A sweet, deeply floral flavor paired with a rich purple hue – that’s ideal for crafting truly memorable clinkers.
The crème de violette story can be traced back to 19th-century France. Once the belle of the ball across Europe and the United States, the lavender-hued liqueur lost a smidge of its initial sparkle in the mid-20th century, becoming a rare find. But then, lo and behold, crème de violette made a triumphant return in recent years, thanks to the resurgence of the craft cocktail scene.
Today, it’s no longer a relic of a romantic past; this liqueur is enjoying a serious revival arc, playing a starring role in both classic and contemporary cocktails. Here are a few of our favorites!
1. Aviation Cocktail
Arguably one of the most famous cocktails with crème de violette, the Aviation is a dreamy drink with plenty of old-glamor allure. At first sip, you are met with a captivating floral bouquet that is quite unlike anything else in the cocktail world. This, in combination with the heady sweet-yet-sour flavor of gin and cherry liqueur, makes for a very striking cocktail indeed.
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2. Gin & Violet Cocktail
If you’re wondering what to mix with gin at your next soiree, this crème de violette gin cocktail should be at the top of your list. Add 1.5 oz Bulldog Gin, 0.5 oz crème de violette, 1 oz lemon juice, 0.75 oz simple syrup, 0.5 oz ginger juice, and 3 dashes of bitters to a cocktail shaker. Shake all ingredients with ice until well chilled. Strain the drink into a chilled, sugar-rimmed glass and serve to enjoy immediately.
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3. Crème de Violette Sour
Sour cocktails are very much on trend right now, and the Crème de Violette Sour is a gorgeous example of this classic cocktail genre. As far as crème de violette cocktail recipes go, it’s a little trickier than most, but still 100% worth your while.
Add one fresh egg white, 1 oz crème de violette, 1 oz simple syrup, 1 oz Bulldog Gin, and 1 oz lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. Dry shake for 15 seconds, then add ice, and wet shake for a further 15 seconds. Double strain into a serving glass and enjoy!
4. Violet Margarita
The best Margarita cocktail for folks who love all things floral, the striking Violet Margarita always leaves a lasting impression. Add 2 oz Espolòn Tequila Blanco, 1 oz crème de violette, 1.5 oz fresh lime juice, and 1 oz simple syrup to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until frosty, and strain into a serving glass with a salted rim. Garnish with fresh violets and serve.
5. Violet Lady Cocktail
We already adore the Pink Lady and the White Lady, so it’s a great pleasure to add yet another femme fatale to the line-up. To make a Violet Lady, add 2 oz Bulldog Gin, 1 oz lemon juice, 0.75 oz Cinzano Vermouth Bianco, 0.5 oz crème de violette, and 2 dashes of orange bitters to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake until nicely chilled, fine strain into a coupe glass over fresh ice, and serve.
6. Purple Reign 75
The Purple Reign 75 cocktail is a regal and visually captivating twist on the classic French 75. This elegant drink combines the herbaceous flavors of gin, lemon juice, and champagne with a touch of floral sweetness and a mesmerizing purple hue—perfect for any special occasion where you want to make your guests feel like royalty.
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7. Blackberry Vodka Martini
Keen to make a big old splash at your next summertime shindig? Roll out the Blackberry Vodka Martini, honey. Place 6-8 blackberries at the bottom of a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add 2 oz SKYY Vodka, 0.5 crème de violette, and 0.5 oz fresh lemon juice, along with some fresh ice, and shake until nice and cold. Strain into a Martini glass and garnish with a fresh blackberry or a sprig of mint. Cheers!
8. Blue Moon
This sky-hued gin cocktail is making waves at trendy brunch tables around the globe, and it’s easy to understand why—it’s daring and dapper, yet super feminine. To make a Blue Moon, fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add 2 oz Bulldog Gin, 0.5 oz crème de violette, and 0.5 lemon juice. Shake and strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with a lemon slice, and sip at leisure.
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9. Violette Squeeze
A sparkly, lemony cocktail laced with a delicate violet aroma? Don’t mind if we do! Combine 1.5 oz fresh lemon juice, 1.5 oz Bulldog Gin, 3 oz crème de violette, and 1 oz simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, and strain into a tall serving glass. Top off with 6 to 8 oz of club soda, garnish with a fresh lemon slice, and serve.
10. Prison Blues
Temptingly tropical, the Prison Blues cocktail combines a unique line-up of ingredients that somehow all work together like a motley crew of bandits in a heist movie. Fill a cocktail shaker halfway with ice. Add 1 oz crème de violette, 1 oz coconut rum, and 0.75 oz Espolòn Tequila Reposado, shake well, strain into a chilled serving glass, and enjoy!
There you have it— ten amazing crème de violette cocktails to try at home. We’d love to see your creations, so remember to tag us on Instagram, and sign up for our newsletter to get more tasty inspiration to create dazzling DIY drinks.