Nothing says Christmas like a deceptively potent cocktail peppered with festive spice, so when the lovely people at The Bitter Truth kindly gifted me a bottle of their Violet Liqueur, I knew exactly what I wanted to make.
Actually, that’s a complete lie – I made this recipe up when it was technically still summer (well, just about) and the spiced element was a VERY happy accident, but let’s just pretend, shall we?
One of my favourite things is to delve into the alcohol cabinet at my Dad’s house in France, and when one such exploration uncovered a bottle of something violet flavoured and alcoholic, it wasn’t long before we were all merrily tipsy on purple martinis and having a wonderful time. In fact, I even wrote down the recipe… see if you can tell how drunk I was?
- 3 parts violet lequor
- 2 parts gin
- 1 part sugar syrip
…okay Alice. Good one.
It’s quite apt that I could recreate it at home using The Bitter Truth’s violet liqueur, because they make it using wild violet blossoms that grow in the French Alps – which is exactly where my Dad lives! We’ve come full circle, guys. Isn’t it magical?
Anyway, here’s where the happy accident comes in. When I went to make it, the only gin I had was a bottle of Ophir Oriental Spiced Gin, which balances bursts of citrus with key notes of cumin, cardamom and soft cracked black pepper. It makes an INCREDIBLE G&T, but trust me when I say it really lifts this cocktail, working perfectly alongside the slightly sweet and naturally floral aroma of the violet liqueur.
Now I’m in a (slightly) more sober state, here’s how you can make your own Spiced Violet Gin Martini:
- 3 parts The Bitter Truth violet liqueur
- 2 parts Ophir Oriental Spiced Gin
- 1 part simple syrup (you can make this by heating equal parts sugar and water in a saucepan until dissolved, and then leaving to cool completely)
- Add all of the ingredients to a cocktail shaker along with a couple of handfuls of cubed ice
- Shake well and strain into martini glasses (or Babycham glasses, à la me)