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11 Best Creme de Violette Cocktails

For something different for happy hour, try these Creme de Violette cocktails.

Creme de Violette was popular in the early 1900s, and it’s making a bit of a comeback.

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While its biggest claim to fame is its beautiful purple hue, it also boasts light floral notes that make one killer cocktail. 

Boozy Homemade Aviation Cocktail with Gin and Violette Liquor

It earns its unique flavor and purple coloring from violet buds and blossoms.

On its own, it tastes floral but shines when mixed into these creme de Violette cocktails. 

Make your next cocktail party fancy and floral (and impress your guests).

Check out some of these light and bright Creme de Violette cocktails below!

1. Princess Violette Cocktail

How can you make a glass of champagne even fancier? With Creme de Violette!

The princess Violette cocktail is a great way to jazz up a traditional glass of champagne.

The purple hues from the creme de Violette create that most delicate shade of lavender. 

Plus, it is a great way to mute the sweet flavors of champagne. It’s light, floral, and so pretty.

2. The Blue Moon Cocktail

The blue moon cocktail infuses Creme de Violette, gin, and just a splash of lemon juice.

The flavors in this cocktail are incredibly mild. The Creme de Violette adds just a lingering hint of floral notes.

Adding just a splash of lemon juice helps to lift the bright flavors from the gin.

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3. Aviation Cocktail

This classic aviation cocktail was invented in 1916 during the height of air travel. 

During the age of prohibition, bartenders made it without Creme de Violette because importing was illegal. Luckily, that isn’t a problem today!

It infuses gin, Creme de Violette, maraschino liqueur for sweetness, and a splash of lemon juice. It’s tart, sweet, floral, and bright. 

4. Purple Cocktail aka the Third Eye

This delightful purple third-eye cocktail is perfect for a fall get-together or a Halloween party. 

It incorporates bright and floral Creme de Violette liquor, gin, grapefruit juice, a splash of club soda, and a sprig of mint for freshness. 

The grapefruit juice adds an acidic kick that works so well with the floral essence of Creme de Violette.

If you’re a little apprehensive about adding Creme de Violette to a cocktail, this recipe is worth a try. 

It’s a great cocktail when the weather is colder, but it doesn’t feel overly heavy.

5. Final Say Cocktail

The final say cocktail is so light and refreshing. It’s perfect for a hot summer day or sipping by the poolside. 

It’s important to note that this delightfully light cocktail is deceptively potent! Without any mixers, it packs one wallop of a punch. 

Even though it’s pretty powerful, it maintains a light and refreshing flavor that go down easy. Maybe a little too easy. 

It infuses gin, maraschino liquor, Creme de Violette, and just a squeeze of fresh lime juice.

It’s bright and light, but a little goes a long way!

6. Butterfly Martini

The butterfly cocktail tastes like summertime in a glass.

If you love light and floral notes in your cocktails, this recipe packs a triple punch.

It has floral flavors from Creme de Violette, elderflower liquor, and hibiscus rose syrup. 

With all its light notes, this cocktail doesn’t taste like a potpourri dish, thanks to the addition of sweet, simple syrup and gin. 

It’s so pretty and pink, and its floral flavors aren’t overpowering.

To get fancy, garnish each drink with an edible orchid to impress your guests!

7. Blackberry Vodka Martini

Many of the recipes on his list are delightfully light and boast a gentle lavender coloring.

But the blackberry vodka martini is dark and brooding in all the best ways. 

Its dark purple coloring is thanks to muddled blackberries that give it a red, wine-like coloring.

Muddled blackberries add tart flavors that pair perfectly with the light floral flavors of creme de Violette. 

This cocktail is excellent if you prefer bright and tart cocktails without being overly sweet. Plus, it’s just so pretty!

8. Spring Champagne Cocktail

Look no further if you’re hunting for the perfect cocktail to serve at your next spring or summer party!

This spring champagne cocktail is a great way to impress your guests, and it’s so easy to throw together in a snap. 

It pairs champagne with Creme de Violette and a splash of lemon juice for a tart kick.

It’s a great way to serve a fancy champagne cocktail

9. Violet Crumble Cocktail

It’s like a fancy lavender cake in a glass. Yes, please!

This violent crumble cocktail is the perfect girl’s night out drink.

It pairs creme de cacao with cake-infused vodka that tastes like a chocolate cake. 

To accent those cakey flavors, throw a splash of Creme de Violette for a subtle floral kick to this dessert-like cocktail. 

It’s a light and subtle cocktail, like a fancy dessert in a glass. 

10. The Violette 75

If you prefer dry cocktails that aren’t overly sweet, the Violette 75 is a cocktail worth checking out.

It’s inspired by the French 75 but earns a bright floral infusion from creme de Violette. 

It’s citrusy and floral and earns a fizzy pop from dry Brut champagne. 

The citrus flavors come from adding grapefruit juice (or any citrus juice of choice).

There’s just a subtle kick of sweetness from the simple syrup. 

It’s light and refreshing and boasts the most gentle shade of lavender purple. 

11. Violette Squeeze

This Violette squeeze is the perfect summertime cocktail.

It’s delightfully purple and fizzy, and boasts a fresh tartness from lemon juice. 

It pairs vodka, creme de Violette, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, and a splash of club soda. 

The flavors in this cocktail are light and not overpowering.

The tartness from the lemon juice shines through with just a hint of summery floral flavors from Creme de Violette. 

11 Best Creme de Violette Cocktails

These Creme de Violette cockails are fun, colorful, and delicious! From the aviation to the blue moon to a butterfly martini, you’ll love these tipsy drinks.


  • Princess Violette Cocktail

  • The Blue Moon Cocktail

  • Aviation Cocktail

  • Purple Cocktail aka the Third Eye

  • Final Say Cocktail

  • Butterfly Martini

  • Blackberry Vodka Martini

  • Spring Champagne Cocktail

  • Violet Crumble Cocktail

  • The Violette 75

  • Violette Squeeze


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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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