Hopefully you’re as excited as I am about the triumphant return of créme de violette. While the Blue Moon was a lovely drink, it was a bit of a disappointment (comparatively speaking). So, to make up for that, I bring you a long weekend gift in the form of the Violet Fizz.
Those of you who do the cocktail blog rounds will remember this drink from Jamie Boudreau and Paul Clarke, and readers of Imbibe might remember this from one of Dr. Cocktail’s articles. It’s a simple preparation that makes a lovely light little drink that nicely highlights the herbal, floral nature of créme de violette.
I’ve discussed the history of the fizz before, but I’ll recap a bit: A cousin of the sour family, it is a simple mix of liquor, citrus juice (generally lemon) and carbonated water. The Violet Fizz is a variation on the ever-popular gin fizz, which is composed of gin, lemon juice, sugar, and soda water. The inclusion of egg is a common variation on the fizz theme, which also results in a new class of names: “silver” if you use egg white, “gold” for egg yolk, “royal” for a whole egg. If you work an egg white into the Violet Fizz, it becomes the Fizz a lá Violette. Which is probably more than you needed to know, but you can knock ‘em dead with trivial cocktail knowledge over barbeque on Sunday.
1 oz fresh lemon juice
½ tsp sugar
1½ oz gin
½ oz creme de violette
Shake first four ingredients well over ice. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice and top with soda water.
As previously noted, this is a simple drink. It isn’t going to shake the foundation of cocktails, but it is a great way to use créme de violette. When I tasted the violette on its own, I was a little underwhelmed—it’s not nearly as floral as I was expecting, and not very sweet. After tangling with the Blue Moon, I wasn’t really sure I was going to like violette, as it was just too subtle in that preparation. This drink, though, does a much better job of asserting the flavor of violets without allowing it to become overwhelming. Definitely a lovely drink for lunchtime or afternoon which, of course, is perfect for a long weekend. Sköl, and have a great holiday!