Le Violet

This purple beauty was motivated by some of my previous recipes along with some inspiration from Pinterest. It combines two of my favourite liqueurs: elderflower and crème de violette. How could I not love it? 

Photos by ADV Photography

As you may have read in one of my previous posts, I’ve recently become a crème de Violette addict. I’ve always loved floral flavours, which is why many of my posts on this blog also contain elderflower in the recipes.

I love the flavour profile when combining the two and feel that I found a nice balance with the Lilac Spring in another previous post. This time though, I wanted to create something that highlighted both floral liqueurs front and center:


1 oz vodka
½ oz St Germain Elderflower Liqueur
½ oz Giffard’s Crème de Violette
½ oz lemon juice
Club soda
Lavender sprig for garnish

In an ice-filled shaker, add all the ingredients except for the club soda and lavender sprig and shake well. Strain into a Collins glass and top with club soda. Garnish with a lavender sprig.

It’s definitely on the sweet side, but the citrus cuts that a bit. The lavender sprig makes it look sophisticated and adds yet another floral aroma to the drink.


I served this as part of a cocktail menu at a recent event and it was the most popular drink of the night. The purple colour was definitely a draw, but they also loved how accessible it was.

It also introduced many of the guests to floral liqueurs and many commented on how they had never tasted anything like it.

In the end, that’s really the goal of the blog. To introduce some unique recipes to the Average Joe and expand their knowledge of cocktails…

…one purple drink at a time.

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