Purple is the color or royalty, and the color of everyone’s favorite floral liqueur, Crème de Violette. The Purple Reign 75 is a royal play on the classic French 75, and expertly layers gin, lemon, violets, and bubbles. And also, Prince is amazing.
This lovely recipe calls for Prosecco, those lovely Italian bubbles. They tend to be more floral than champagne or cava, and thus a bit sweeter. If you want to cut the sweetness of this drink, try a bit less Crème de Violette or sub in some brut instead of Prosecco. Or use more gin? All valid options.
The Purple Reign 75
- 1.5 Oz. Gin
- .75 Oz. Lemon juice
- .75 Oz. Crème de Violette
- Prosecco To top
- Lemon twist or dehydrated lemon For garnish
- Mix your gin, lemon juice, Crème de Violette and ice in a shaker.
- Shake things.
- Strain into a champagne flute and top with your Prosecco.
- Garnish with lemon, much like the original French 75.
Other ways to mix up your Purple Reign 75.
It’s quite possible that you love some sweetness, but you don’t want all of it to be purple. Then take your violet liqueur down a bit and replace some of it with simple syrup. Or, use less sweetener altogether. You can also ramp up the gin, but not so much you run out of room for your bubbles.
UNLESS…you use a much bigger glass.
I suppose the best part of gin and cocktails is experimenting, and this is a great cocktail to play around with.
There’s also room to use your garnish to play up some flavors here. The French 75 is heavy on the lemon flavors. Using a fresh lemon twist or expression adds some concentrated oil.
Using a dehydrated lemon also adds a punch of aroma, in a much richer manner. You may find that you want to let your cocktail sit a few minutes if you use a dehydrated wheel of lemon, to allows all of the flavors to melt into each other.
For another purple and bubbles creation, the Violette 75 is for you.