Violet’s Eden

Every now and then, I encounter a food or drink that is so unusual that I cant help but investigate.  A few years back, while investigating absinthe, to be blogged on another day, I discovered this odd liquor called Liquor de Violette.  As a warning, it is not the same as Crème de Violette. I am sure it is like wine though, with each recipe having their own nuances that appeals to different people.  The difference between a cream/crème and liquor is sugar.  When being crafted, once a certain percent of added sugar is reached, it is no longer liquor, is it considered a crème as in crème de cassis or cream de cacao.

Liquor de Violette is made from crushing the petals of violets and combining the juice with a spirit. The spirit can be brandy or other neutral spirit or a combination of several.  It is found almost exclusively in France but I had difficulty finding it there as well.  I have resorted to internet purchasing with success though some may be limited, by law, in the ability to procure it.  (I use

The purple, sometimes, pinkish liquor, in its virgin state, has an obvious floral flavor that is thick on the tongue and in viscosity.  Once I tasted it, I became determined to create a more pleasant cocktail in which to enjoy it, as it was too sweet on its own. I could not allow the distinct, enjoyable flavor of a violet to go unattended.  I spent an entire summer month mixing, chilling and heating: not a good option for the record!

What resulted was a sweet martini that was liquor sweet, not sugary sweet, with the strong flavor and aroma of Violet flowers with vanilla and a touch of citrus.

Liquor de Violette Cocktail

Violet's Eden Cocktail using Liquor de Violette

Violet’s Eden

Fill a shaker with ice and add:

2 ounces Vanilla infused vodka
2 ounces Liqueur de Violette
A splash of Grand Marinier

Shake well & strain into a pre-chilled martini glass.

 A summer breeze!

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