kelly magyarics

washington, d.c.-based wine, spirits, travel & lifestyle writer / wine educator


Creme de Violette

After regarding the Spirits column in The Washington Post last week that talked about hard to find liquors, I had to find a bottle of Creme de Violette. The DC area distributor, Le Droit Brands, came through for me, and I got my hands on the dark purple potion yesterday.

Last night, I made the classic Blue Moon cocktail:

2 oz. dry gin
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. creme de violette

Shake with ice and strain

When the CdV is diluted that much, it takes on a cool blue hue. The drink had a whiff of floral, but it wasn't overwhelming, and I actually could have added a bit more CdV.

Next I want to try it topped with sparkling wine. We did that this past weekend with St. Germain Elderflower Liquor, and it was lovely.

For more info about Creme de Violete, visit Alpenz' website.