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A delicious purple cocktail made from gin, grapefruit juice, Creme de Violette liqueur and a splash of club soda - creme de Violette cocktails

If you’ve ever tasted violet candies, then you owe it to your taste buds to try Creme de Violette cocktails! Creme de Violette liqueur is relatively unknown in our cocktail world today, but it’s making a comeback.

And as Martha Stewart would say, it’s a good thing.

So if you want a fun and delicious adult beverage, try making my Third Eye purple cocktail. 

In addition, I’ve added a few extra ideas for Creme de Violette cocktails that to try.

Why Creme de Violette Cocktails?

I saw a bottle of Rothman & Winter Creme de Violette liqueur in a nearby Italian specialty foods store and knew I could use it in a few different ways. Purple drinks are favorite cocktails at bars and restaurants nowadays, so naturally, I needed to create my own.

The liqueur’s stunning color and floral twist of the Third Eye drink make it a beautiful cocktail for a bridal shower or any other special occasion.

Purple cocktail recipes are also fun for Fall, and my Third Eye recipe will make the perfect cocktail to serve at a Halloween party. 

NOTE: You can also try making a Third Eye Purple Cocktail in a non-alcoholic version by using this violet simple syrup made by Monin

Ingredients for Third Eye Creme de Violette Cocktails

First, you’ll need a cocktail shaker, fresh ice, gin, grapefruit juice, and Club soda. If you don’t have grapefruit, you can substitute fresh lemon juice.

Then, you’ll need a pretty container for the beautiful drink. I used a small cocktail glass, but you could also use a champagne glass.  The star of this great cocktail is clearly the Creme de Violette liqueur, which blends perfectly with gin, grapefruit juice, and a splash of club soda.  

Lastly, I used a sprig of mint and a strip of grapefruit peel for the garnish. If you don’t have grapefruit, you can certainly use a lemon peel for a lemon twist. Or drop a few violet petals on the surface, as violets are an edible flower.

About Creme de Violette Liqueur

True Creme de Violette liqueur is made from macerating violet petals and steeping them in brandy. Some distillers today use alternative spirits to make this tasty brew, but the end product will have a taste profile of floral notes from violet petals that has a heavy sweet taste.

If you drink the liqueur straight, you may find it has a slight, bitter aftertaste, but the flower essence shines when mixed with other alcohols like a dry gin or smooth vodka.

History of Creme de Violette Liqueur

This liqueur was quite popular in the early 1900s when violet flowers were all the rage. Women in the United States especially loved this floral liqueur for its unique flavor and vivid purple hue.

But over the years, it fell out of favor, along with many other liqueurs. But with the recent revival of mixed cocktails, this liqueur de Violette has reappeared along with other crème liqueur drinks with floral flavors like Creme de Roses and Creme de Yvette. (Creme de Yvette is another liqueur made with violet petals, but it’s also blended with fresh berries, orange peels, vanilla, and honey.)

Nutritional Benefits of Violets

Have you ever been to a restaurant and seen violet flowers on your salad, drink, or plate? If so, you probably wondered if eating these delicate little flowers is safe. You can indeed eat not only the Viola Odorata aka “Sweet Violet” flower petals, you can also eat the leaves (if you’re so inclined)!

Violets are rich in vitamin C and vitamin A and can be used in various dishes, including salads, syrups, teas, and desserts. Plus, they make a beautiful garnish! For more details about edible violets (and other edible flowers), check out this excellent article by Gardening Know How.

More Ideas for Creme de Violette Cocktails

Here are a few more quick and easy creme de Violette cocktail ideas you can use your Creme de Violette liqueur with!

  • Add a splash of Creme de Violette to a glass of pink lemonade, a squeeze of lime juice, and a lime or lemon wheel for garnish.
  • Make a champagne cocktail using brut champagne and just enough Creme de Violette to give the purple drink its beautiful color. Garnish with a lemon slice to the side of the champagne flute and serve.
  • Add 1/2 ounce of Creme de Violette to a coupe glass and fill with Club Soda. Add a splash of your choice of citrus juice and top with a maraschino cherry.
  • For a ghoulish and fun Halloween elixir, mix up a batch of Third Eye cocktails. Pour into tall shot glasses like these. Garnish with a giant gummy eyeball or other candy body parts.
creme de violette cocktails are filled with purple 3rd Eye cocktail and a gummy eyeball garnish with multiple colored eyeballs in shot glasses. A pumpkin and black spiders are also in the scene.

Non-Cocktail Uses for Creme de Violette Liqueur

  • Try pouring a splash of this purple liqueur over vanilla ice cream for a beautiful dessert. Top with a lemon slice and a tiny mint leaf, then sprinkle with lemon zest.
  • Create a glaze and use it on doughnuts or cookies.
  • Add a couple of tablespoons to a vanilla cake mix and make violet cupcakes.
  • Make a violet latte coffee drink using the liqueur or the violet syrup by Monin with no alcohol.

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Here’s the Recipe

3rd Eye Purple Cocktail

This beautiful and delicious purple cocktail is perfect for Halloween or Spring, as it's made with Creme de Violette liqueur and gin.
Prep Time5 minutes
Course: Cocktails, Drinks
Keyword: creme de violette, creme de violette cocktails, gin cocktail, halloween cocktail, purple cocktail, spring cocktail, violette liqueur
Servings: 1

Equipment

  • 1 Cocktail shaker

Ingredients

  • 1 oz Creme de Violette liqueur
  • 2 oz Gin
  • 1 oz Grapefruit juice
  • 1.5 oz Club soda
  • 1 sprig fresh mint
  • 1 twist grapefruit peel
  • .5 shaker fresh ice

Instructions

  • Fill the shaker with fresh ice then pour in the liquids. Shake well, then drain into a glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint and a twist of grapefruit peel.

Notes

NOTE: Switch out grapefruit with lemon juice and peel, if desired.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Crème de Violette liqueur, and where does it come from? Rothman & Winter in Austria makes the liqueur from violet petals and steeps it in a brandy base.

Why did you name it “The Third Eye” cocktail? The liqueur color is a bluish-purple and reminds me of the sixth chakra, also known as the “Third Eye.” This chakra is located in the middle of our forehead and is the center of our intuition.

Is there a non-alcoholic version of Crème de Violette available? Monin makes a version of violet syrup, as does 1883 Maison Routin from France and Fabbri from Italy. All have beautiful violet coloring and reportedly taste just like the flowers!



If you make any of these creme de Violette cocktails, please comment below and let me know how it turns out for you! You can also share a photo of your drink on my Instagram account with the hashtag #thrivingwithless – cheers!


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