Purple cocktails seem to be very popular at bars and restaurants nowadays, and it’s easy to understand why! Purple cocktails are beautiful to look at, and if you’re lucky, they taste as good as they look.
Plus purple drinks make the best Halloween cocktails! They’re also fun for Fall, and this one especially is one of the best drinks to serve for a gathering of witches event.
If you want a fun and delicious adult beverage, try making my Third Eye purple cocktail! It’s flowery and light and will make your taste buds sing.
Ingredients for the Third Eye Purple Cocktail
The star of this cocktail is the Creme de Violette liqueur. A little goes a long way, and it blends perfectly with gin, grapefruit juice, and a splash of club soda.
I am not a mixologist by any means. I am simply an artist who happens to love the color purple and violets. So when I saw Crème de Violette liqueur at the specialty store, I knew I had to make it mine.
About Creme de Violette Liqueur
Here is a photo of the Crème de Violette liqueur. This liquid tastes like violet petals, only it is much sweeter. If you drink it straight, I find it has a slight, bitter aftertaste, but the flower essence remains when mixed with other alcohols like gin or vodka.
True Creme de Violette liqueur is made from macerating violet petals and steeping them in brandy, but some distillers use alternative spirits to make this tasty brew today.
History of Creme de Violette Liqueur
This liqueur was quite popular at the beginning of the 19th century when everything violets were all the rage. Women especially loved this liqueur for its floral essence and beautiful color. But over the years, it fell out of favor along with many other liqueurs. But with the recent popularity of mixed cocktails, Creme de Violette has reappeared along with other “old” liqueurs like Creme de Roses and Creme de Yvette.
Creme de Yvette is another liqueur that uses violet petals, but it’s also blended with fresh berries, orange peels, vanilla, and honey.
Purple Drinks are perfect for Halloween & Fall
For a fun Halloween cocktail, try making this recipe for some 3rd Eyeball Shooters! Simply double or triple the recipe and pour the drinks into some tall shot glasses like these. Garnish with some large gummy eyeballs and serve. These make the perfect scary and sweet Halloween fun drink!
More uses for Creme de Violette Liqueur
- Mix with vodka or tequila, and add your citrus of choice.
- 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
- 1 Cocktail shaker
- 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
- Fill the shaker with ice then pour in the liquids. Shake well then drain into a glass. Garnish with a spring of mint and a twist of graphfruit peel.
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.
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!
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