Crème de violette was a part of pre-Prohibition American cocktails like the Aviation and Blue Moon. Until a couple years ago, it was no longer available in the U.S. Rothman & Winter is now ensuring we get our pretty purple cocktails, and its crème de violette is widely available for under $25.
Made with violets, it has a light floral aroma and a pleasing sweet taste. If you like old-fashioned violet candies, you’ll love crème de Violette. In addition to its beautiful color, it also lends a sophisticated kind of sweetness to cocktails that is less sticky tasting than many modern liqueurs and crèmes.
Soon we’ll share more delicious recipes made with this old-fashioned treat. In the mean time, try this simple and appealing champagne cocktail:
- ½ oz crème de violette
- Champagne or sparkling wine
Pour crème de violette into a champagne flute, then top off with champagne or sparkling wine. Garnish with a violet for that extra special touch.