In honor of January 17, the day that Prohibition went into effect, we thought that we would review an old timey liqueur that was recently revived. Creme Yvette was originally conceived by the Sheffield Company of Connecticut in the 1800′s and purchased by Charles Jacquin et Cie in the 1930′s. I wish I could tell you more about the Sheffield Company but there wasn’t much out there and given the timing of the sale to Charles Jacquin et Cie, one of the oldest liqueur companies in the United States, I would guess that they didn’t fair well during Prohibition. …Read More
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This Halloween Basil Hayden’s teamed up with Daniel Hyatt, one of San Francisco’s top mixologists, to create the ultimate Halloween treat. Daniel’s Bloody Sunday combines zesty orange juice, the floral aromas of crème de violette, and Basil Hayden’s Bourbon to create an enchanting cocktail that is bursting with flavor.
1 1/2 parts Basil Hayden’s Bourbon
1/2 part orange juice
1/2 part grenadine
1 dash Peychaud’s Bitters
1 barspoon of Crème de Violette
1/2 vanilla … Read more
It’s Mixology Monday time again, and this month we are hosted by Adventures In Cocktails with the theme – “Niche Spirits”. So that means no basics: no vodka, tequila, gin, rum, brandy or whiskey.
We said, “Hey, how about a nice Genever Cocktail from our new book – DIY Cocktails?”
Genever, AKA “Holland Gin”, is the Dutch predecessor from which the more ubiquitous “London Dry” gin evolved.
2 parts Bols Genever
1 part Creme … Read more
Champagne cocktails are a fun way to celebrate … or just feel like you’re celebrating. The Shrinking Violet gets its delicate flavor and lovely color from crème de violette, a brandy-based liqueur made with violets. The liqueur gives a delicate sweetness and floral aroma to the cocktail, complementing the champagne rather than covering it up. Add a pansy, violet or viola for garnish!
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 … Read more
Happy Valentine’s Day!
The brands have been busy creating new cocktails you can share with your sweetie.
1 ½ oz X-Rated Fusion Liqueur
1 ½ oz Skyy Infusions Cherry
Splash of grenadine
Shake X-Rated and Skyy Infusions Cherry over ice. Strain into a martini glass. Slowly add a dash of Grenadine so that it sinks to the bottom.
Garnish with a cherry with a knotted stem.
1 ½ oz X-Rated Fusion … Read more
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