Drinking in the Violets

by Pamela


Classic Drink: The Aviation

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.

Relationship Advice

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.


AmPahn May 9, 2010 at 11:08 pm

Hi everyone. I’m new here. Just wanted to say hi

Spice Sherpa May 7, 2010 at 5:22 am

LOVE the violet liqueur. I’ve never seen it but will definitely keep my eyes open for it. Great photo…I’d feel so retro cool sipping this concotion on spring evening.


BTW–have you ever tried lilac? Weird, I know. But it’s like the violet…a subtle but strangely appreciated flavor!

pegasuslegend May 5, 2010 at 10:45 am

What a pretty drink, I like the cherry in thism never heard of the violet liquor will have to look for it thanks for posting .

denise @ quickies on the dinner table May 4, 2010 at 6:35 pm

Great tip on lightening up – just made up with my SO after almost a week of the silent treatment over some silly domestic trifling (now that I think about it LOL) and it felt WONDERFUL to kiss and hug again after so many wasted days!

You really weren’t kidding about your violet obsession! I’ev never tried Creme de Violette but I love the colour and your vintage champagne glass too 🙂

Lori Lynn May 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm

I am so very intrigued by this liqueur! I cannot wait to try it!

Chef Dennis May 4, 2010 at 4:12 pm

very good relationship advice…..everyone needs to lighten up…..as for the violet liquor…I dont know…I think I’ll stick with Lemoncello!!

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