The Blue Moon is a lovely midcentury standard that fell by the wayside as crème de violette became difficult (or impossible) to get ahold of in the US. These days, three-quarters of a century later, there’s no shortage of fine brands producing excellent violet liqueurs.
Traditionally, the Blue Moon calls for Crème Yvette, a more complex liqueur flavored with berries, orange peel, honey and vanilla in addition to violets. It’s a lovely flavor, but it has the downside of making the drink more purple-red than blue.
You can use any violet liqueur you have handy – but if you’re a fan of floral cocktails, you owe it to yourself to find a bottle of Creme Yvette if you can.
- 2 parts Gin
- ½ part Violet-berry liqueur or Crème de violette
- ½ part Lemon juice
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
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- Blue Moon Cocktail at The Washington Post