Violet liqueur is a must-have ingredient for any fan of classic cocktails. (America lacked a decent one for decades, so we could only imagine the original flavor of an Aviation or Blue Moon*!) Now, there are some great options on the market, including this absolute stunner from Tempus Fugit, made from flowers hand-picked in the French Riviera (ooh la la!).
It pulls off the great trick of being floral but not perfume-y, sweet but not sticky. It's also less sweet than Creme de Violette (the most widely available violet liqueur), with a more intense violet flavor (flower power!).
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*Blue Moon: Combine 2 oz dry gin, 1/2 oz Liqueur de Violettes, 1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1/4 oz simple syrup in a cocktail shaker with lots of ice. Shake until very cold and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
22% alcohol by volume. Comes in a 750ml bottle.