Flower lovers unite, the Violette 75 is for you. There’s no reason to think that gin and bubbles should only be confined to a traditional French 75. It’s time to mix things up while keeping the citrus and the fizz.
This recipe teeters on the edge of super sweet. The Violette 75 can easily topple into the category of “tastes like PURPLE” if you are not careful. While the color that Crème de Violette adds to drinks is amazing and lovely and beautiful. BUT, the intense floral sweetness can easily be overdone. Your best bet is to err on the side of less violete liqueur and add more if needed. You can also use a violet syrup.
The Violette 75
- 1.5 Oz. Gin
- .75 Oz. Grapefruit juice , or any other type of juice. Experiment!
- .50 Oz. Crème de Violette
- .25 Oz. Simple syrup
- Brut To top it all off with
- Lemon twist or grapefruit twist To garnish
- In your shaker, combine everything except your Brut. Gin, Crème de Violette, and juice.
- Shake until thoroughly cold.
- Strain into your champagne flute and top with Brut.
- Your twist of choice to finish!
About that Crème de Violette…
This flower based liqueur is literally made from smashed up violets. Perhaps they come from the Alps, perhaps not. Most versions of this liqueur are a brandy base, with some sweeteners added. Is it likely that color has also been added? You bet.
You may want to look for a version of the Crème de Violette that is not super sweet. The Bitter Truth makes one that is not super sweet, and might appeal to those of us that don’t want a cavity from one sip.
You can always tone down the volume of violet liqueur that you use for this drink. Add more brut or tart citrus juice to balance everything to your liking.
If it turns out that you only use a splash of the violette, you might very well end up with a drink that’s literally GRAY. But it if tastes good, no big deal.
If it turns out that you LOVE more purple flavored things, try the Aviation.