Blue Moon

Blue Moon cocktail with gin, crème de violette, and lemon juice

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 called for Creme 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.

Ingredients

Instructions

Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled coupe or cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

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We downloaded the app after seeing it as one of the top posts on /r/cocktails, and we've been playing around with it and adding our ingredients to the list. While it's not an all inclusive list of ingredients (missing some creme de ), it's a solid overall app and tosses out some truly spectacular recipes based on what you have in your liquor cabinet. Minor quibbles for an otherwise fantastic application!
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