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14Apr 12

Violette Royal

Violette RoyalTo be honest, I have never been a champagne drinker. When at a wedding, whisky or gin suit me a lot better. (However, combining the two into this French 75 cocktail is pretty tasty.) There is, though, a form of drinking champagne which I have embraced. It is quite rare, and I first tried it when a friend got married in the United States. It was, I admit, a very fancy reception. So there we were chitchatting -as one does at these events- when I was offered a bubbly purple drink. I tried it and absolutely loved it. The name of the cocktail is Violette Royale.

The Violette Royale has got only two ingredients: champagne and Crème de Violette, also known as violet liqueur. It dates back to the early 19th century when it was served with dry vermouth or alone as a cordial. Its name is a generic term for a liqueur with a natural violet flower flavouring and colouring with a brandy base, a neutral spirit base, or a combination of the two. Crème de Violette is made in France and Austria from macerated violets from the Alps.

The aroma and taste of the liqueur are distinctly sweet and floral. If you like old-fashioned violet candies, you’ll love Crème de Violette. There are two things in the liqueur that caught my attention: its beautiful purple colour and the sophisticated sweetness it gives the cocktail when mixed with champagne. Despite the density of the colour, it does not give the drink the sticky taste that many other liqueurs and crèmes give modern beverages.

To be quite honest, it is a perfect drink for a reception on a lawn. Floral, sweet and no trace of the bubbly bitterness a good Extra Brut should carry. After that event, every time I attend a wedding, I am on the lookout for a purple drink coming my way.

2cl Crème de Violette
12cl Extra Brut champagne

How it’s made:
1. Pour Crème de Violette into a champagne flute, then top off with champagne.
2. Garnish with a violet.

Takes: 1 minute

Makes: 1 cocktail

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  1. Very pretty colour!

  2. Flower-flavoured drinks = AMAZING!


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