When you think of gin and crème de violette liqueur, you probably think of the classic Aviation cocktail. While we won't deny the delicious boozyness of the Aviation, that lonely bottle of crème de violette needs some other cocktails every now and then.
One of our favorite violet offerings is Rothman & Winter Crème de Violette. Made with a base spirit distilled from grapes and violet flowers from the Alps, it has an obviously floral flavor to it. But there is more than just flowers to the flavor. It is sweet, vegetal and slightly herbal. A little goes a very long way with cocktails, so use it sparingly - a bottle should last you for quite a while.
We've paired it with another obtuse bar staple: Velvet Falernum. Most often used in tropical tiki drinks, Falernum has a complex lime/spice/almond flavor profile.
Intended for sipping, we've made this cocktail with a spherical ice ball, so it will slowly melt while you take your time sipping little nips of this fragrant boozy beverage.
cocktail mixing glass
spherical ice ball (or large cube)
Chill your glass with ice while preparing cocktail. Fill your mixing glass with ice and add gin, crème de violette, falernum, vermouth and bitters. Stir for 20 or so seconds to chill. Place ice ball in your prepared rocks glass and strain cocktail into glass. Garnish with grapefruit zest.