For the first time (I think) in Cocktail of the Week, I’m going to revisit a cocktail I’ve done before.
I’m not doing this because I’m lazy or uninspired – it’s because, this time, I’m going to do it right.
Fortunately, my friend Kirsty was able to source a bottle and very kindly gave it to me as a birthday present!
As you can see, it’s very purple. It also smells quite strongly of parma violets, which most British people will remember from childhood.
But would it make a difference to the Aviation? There was only one way to find out…
2 msrs dry gin
1 msr lemon juice
1 msr Maraschino
2 tsp crème de violette
Share ingredients with ice, strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a cherry.
There is a definite blue tinge to the cocktail – nothing blatant, but there’s a hint of sky there.
The first version I tried was very sour, but the crème de violette offsets this really well – it’s a more balanced drink. The sweet violet taste is there without being overwhelming or sickly, and it nicely complements the cherry and lemon flavours.
I can happily say that it’s a real improvement.