A couple of weeks ago I rambled on about my obsession with violet flavor. Well…the obsession continues. I wasn’t satisfied with just using the violet flavored syrup in recipes to get that mystical violet flavor, so with some helpful Twitter suggestions, I was able to locate Creme de Violette. This lightly purple colored liqueur is distilled from violets, using an age old recipe, in Austria. To say that the flavor is ‘strong’ might be misleading, because violet is not a strong flavor, but the Creme de Violette has a much more pronounced violet flavor than the syrup has. But I was anxious to try out the Aviation, a classic cocktail recipe from the early 1900’s.
I had to break out one of my old champagne coupes to properly partake of this magnificent libation. I felt woefully under dressed in my cropped pants, t-shirt and flip flops as I enjoyed it’s refreshing flavors. Should I only be drinking this cocktail while wearing a fresh pair of white gloves and a pout painted with cherry red lipstick? Nah, but you could definitely get lost in it’s subtle flavors and lovely pale cerulean color! It reminds you of a clear summer day.
It’s the changing of the seasons. We’re shedding off our dark and bulky clothes and lightening up our food choices for the warm months to come. What about lightening up in your relationship? Don’t get bogged down with your daily ‘to-do’ lists. Sure, you’ve got to get up and go to the gym and pound out that 60 minutes of sweat, then off to work. Yeah, you’ve got piles of crap in your in-box to get done before you go home. Then, once you are home you’ve got to get food on the table, pay some bills, maybe get in some TV and go to bed to do it all over again tomorrow. But as the season is lightening up…so should you. Grab your significant other and have some fun or learn something new together. Becoming more conscious of yourself (which helps strengthen you personally as well as your relationship) involves some lightening up and not being so serious all of the time.
Makes 1 cocktail
- 2 Ounces Gin
- 3/4 Ounce Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice
- 2 Teaspoons Maraschino Liqueur (this is not maraschino cherry juice)
- 1 Teaspoon Creme de Violette
Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake vigorously for a minimum of 10 seconds.
Strain into a champagne coup or cocktail glass.
Optional: garnish with a maraschino cherry.