Originally created in the early 1900's the first written recipe of this classic cocktail came in 1916.
Likely named for the light sky blue hue it gets from crème de violette (violet liqueur), it's basically a variation on a gin sour, using one of our favorite ingredients, Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur as the sweetener.
Since crème de violette was once often difficult to come by, there's been variations of the recipe floating around for years without it. These days, that's a crock of shit, as you can find Rothman & Winter Crème de Violette at most liqueur stores. It has a intense earthy flavor, so know that a little goes a very long way.
But despite the light blue color, the real star of this cocktail is the GIN! Most recipes call for a dry London-style gin. Well, we have just the gin for that! Sipsmith is a craft distiller in London and makes a mighty fine London Dry Gin. They're one of many incredible gins joining us for Juniper June and we can't wait for folks to give them a try!
2 oz Sipsmith London Dry Gin
.5 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
.25 oz Rothman & Winter Crème de Violette
.75 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Start by pre-chilling your coupe glass. In a cocktail shaker, add all ingredients and fill with ice. Cover and shake to chill before straining into your chilled glass.