Saturday, September 3, 2011

Crème de Violette and the Aviation

Crème de Violette is one of those classic cocktail ingredients that until recently, you just couldn't find in Ohio.  Fortunately, my local store has a real lover of good drink running the liquor department, and he's actually been pushing the liquor control board to allow the good stuff to sneak in with the 500 flavored vodkas that usually get approved by the board.

Crème de Violette is sweet, flowery, with a hint of bitterness.  It's meant to be a mixer and nothing else.  The original aviation is as follows: (recipe from Oh Gosh)

  • 2 shots gin
  • ½ shot lemon juice
  • ⅓ shot Maraschino
  • ⅙ shot Crème de Violette
  • Now for my "Improved aviation".  Improved is a term that bloggers use to say that their version is some how better than original.  As you know, I am much more modest than that.  I need a term for this cocktail that is much more beholden to my family centered mid-western values.  Something that takes me back to my childhood when people were just more down-home good.

    The I'm Making it (purple) rain bitch! cocktail.
    • Barely coat the bottom of the glass with Marischino
    • 1/2 shot of Crème de Violette
    • 1 shot of Square One Botanical
    • 1 shot of Gin
    • Add ice and top with a dry Lemon Soda

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