“Not another purple drink!” exclaimed Peter as I brought my cocktail out to the patio. It was our last photo shoot of the summer and the disappointment and exasperation in his voice was not surprising. The other guys all have the same reaction: “Stop making purple drinks, Mano.”
I’ve been notorious for writing about purple cocktails on this blog for quite some time. Some (including myself) would say I have a problem.
Don’t believe me?
I rest my case.
But at this point, I’ve come to terms with my purple addiction. Maybe it was just something I was born with.
Truth be told, I had no plans to make another purple drink any time soon, but I was inspired by one of our recent recipes: The Kiwi Fizz. It combines two of my favourite ingredients in cocktails: club soda and egg white. It was at that moment that I realized that I could do a riff on my old Violet recipe.
With that in mind, I set to work on creating another purple cocktail – this time, with fizz!
- 1 ½ oz Dillon’s Gin
- ½ oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
- ¼ oz Giffard Crème de Violette
- ¾ oz lemon juice
- 1 egg white
- Club soda
- Garnish: violet flowers
In a shaker, add ingredients except for soda and shake. Add ice and shake again. Double-strain into a Collins glass and slowly top with club soda. Garnish with violet flowers.
As you’d expect, floral flavours dominate. The crème de violet can be especially sweet, but the egg white, citrus, and soda prevent it from becoming too strong. Make no mistake, though: if you don’t like floral flavours, this cocktail isn’t for you. However, it makes for a beautiful, elegant, and accessible cocktail – and a good gateway for those apprehensive about egg whites in their drink. And for any men reading this: I’ve served it at a cocktail party and it got rave reviews from the women. Just a little PSA.
One thing this cocktail has definitely done is ruined some friendships. But I knew what I was getting into when I started down this path.
I’ve come to accept my purple addiction and all the amazing things it has brought to this blog. If that ‘fizzes’ out some friendships, then so be it.
And if it doesn’t, then that pun just did.