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I first tried Creme de Violette early this summer, when I ordered it online after reading about it in a vintage cocktail book and not being able to find it here in Knoxville. When I first tasted it (out of the bottle as soon as it arrived, of course), I wasn’t crazy about it, comparing it to a flowery cough syrup. I can now confidently say I spoke too soon. It’s quite concetrated and so abrasive on its own, but pair it with soda water, champage, ginger ale and various other spirits and it adds a magical and flowery-but-not-too-flowery taste when properly mixed.
One of my favorites is violet soda. Pour club soda over ice, add Creme de Violette until the drink turns purple/gray (despite its deep purple color in the bottle, drinks often turn a greyish color when the Creme de Violette is added, but I promise they’ll still be tasty) twist a lemon peel over the drink and drop it in. Easy, light and lovely.