I know a couple things about Creme de Violette liqueur. First of all it’s pretty. You don’t come across a lot of purple alcoholic drinks the wild so that is reason alone to have this on your shelf. Secondly, it’s strong. Flavor-wise I mean. If you put more than an ounce of it in a drink, your cocktail is going to be distinctly floral in flavor very quickly. Drinking it straight up is a taste I have yet to acquire. I can’t stress the floral nature of this drink enough. It almost tastes like sweet soap. Its definitely a drink that’s complimentary in nature, and not the star of a cocktail. Finally, there’s a real shortage of great recipes that use it. There are a couple of gin drinks like the Blue Moon and the Aviation, but after that the list gets really short.
Because of all three of these reasons the bottle of Creme de Violette that I bought 8 months ago is still about 75% full. I enjoy both of the previously mentioned cocktails, but the truth is I prefer my gin with tonic and not much else. So I’m always looking for ways to use my Creme de Violette, and most of what I’ve found doesn’t really appeal to me. As far as being creative with my own receipes, let’s just say my success ratio is low.
A few weeks ago I went out to dinner at a Cuban restaurant. Not to get off track, but for any non-Floridians reading this you might not be aware of the amazing world of Cuban cuisine. Dear god is it good. I’ll spare you all my rambling, but it’s basically the greatest comfort food in the world. If you haven’t had it, you’re missing out. So, while I was at dinner I ordered a daiquiri, and what I received surprised me a little. There wasn’t a particular flavor mentioned on the menu so I incorrectly assumed I’d get the standard original lime daiquiri, but instead I got a very tart lemon daiquiri. I loved it. A little sweet, a little sour, and very refreshing.
A few days pass and I find myself thinking about how to use my Creme de Violette again. I’m also still thinking about that daiquiri. And if you have higher than a third grade education you can see where this is going. The violet flavor does compliment citrus flavors and it pairs up nicely. So I looked around for other lemon daiquiri recipes, and came up with this.
2 ounces of white rum
1 ounce of fresh lemon juice
1/2 ounce of simple syrup
1/2 ounce of creme de violette
Blend with a cup of crushed ice and enjoy.
It’s a nice simple twist on a traditional lemon daiquiri. The Creme de Violette adds just a bit more sweetness and gives a it extra flavor that most people will notice, but can’t identify. As an extra bonus the drink turns out a nice lavender color. My pathetic photography skills fail to show this in the images, sorry. If you want it to be a slightly darker shade, you can try adding a tiny bit more creme de violette, but don’t forget my earlier warning. A little bit of this goes a long way. If you add too much you’re going to end up with a daiquiri that tastes like soap from an old lady’s bathroom. Of course, if you like old lady soap, just add a little more and enjoy.