The Blue Moon

We hosted a couple of neighbors yesterday for mid-afternoon cocktails (between lounging in bed and marathoning the new season of House of Cards, perfect lazy Saturday!).

I was initially going to make Bloody Marys. They are the perfect day-drink – spicy and delicious. But one of our guests doesn’t like tomato juice. So, I tried something new.

Last month, while we were in Massachusetts, I picked up a couple of things for an Aviation cocktail. Unfortunately, I haven’t picked up the final ingredient, maraschino. You can’t have an Aviation without maraschino, but you can have a Blue Moon.

Blue Moon Cocktail
2 oz gin
1/2 oz Crème de Violette
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
Shake in an ice cocktail shaker, strain into a cocktail glass, and garnish with lemon twist

They were beautiful, slightly sweet, slightly tart, and very well received. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture, but the Crème de Violette gives the drink such a nice bluish purple color.


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