The Princess Violette Cocktail makes the PERFECT warm weather brunch drink with its bubbliness and lemon zing! The color of lavender, this combination of exotic creme de violette, champagne and lemon juice is invigorating and slightly sweet. Inspired by a libation at a Dallas brunch mainstay and born out of the love of champagne, this cocktail is sure to be well-loved during hot months when a bubbly drink is equally refreshing and delicious!
Today is a sad day.
My friend Valorie is moving halfway across the world to spend the next year studying abroad in France.
Y’all remember Valorie, right? She and I teamed up to make all these awesome cocktails that feature coffee: African Sunrise, The Ginger Pomegranate Experiment, The Boyfriend Irish Coffee, The Siciliano and The Melty Cold Brew Shake.
We’ve had a ton of fun this last year adapting and creating cocktails together, and she’s going to be sorely missed around these parts.
So to send her off right and to fit with our usual M.O., we made one final cocktail together.
A few months ago, Valorie and I ate brunch with a visiting blogger friend at the Meddlesome Moth. Valorie had been talking up this cocktail that featured creme de violette, something I’d never heard of, let alone tried, that was on the menu. When our waiter took our order, I requested this infamous drink.
It was light, bubbly and delicious. It wasn’t too sweet. The violet flavor was floral and surprisingly delicious. Nothing like the overly fragrant hand soaps that sometimes feature violet. (And that were the only violet experience I had up until this point.)
In recent weeks, Valorie and I have been co-working at local coffee shops and at my home. One day last week, she mentioned she had a ton of liquor in her car for me since she couldn’t bring it with her.
One of the bottles she had? Creme de violette.
We ended up making this cocktail after completing our work that day. Valorie has been making her own rendition of the Moth’s cocktail this summer, and instead of just sipping it, we wrote down how we made it and snapped some images of the gorgeous lavender-colored drink.
It’s delicious, y’all, and so great for this time of year, especially if you like your champagne drinks less sweet.
So why are we calling it the Princess Violette?
Honestly, it started off as a joke because we couldn’t remember the name of the drink that inspired Valorie’s rendition.
Then we kept calling it the Princess because it reminds us of Princess Peach from Mario Brothers, even though this drink clearly doesn’t have anything to do with video games or peaches.
It has to do with violet, champagne and lemon. And you can make it at home with just THREE ingredients.
Here’s how you can make your own Princess:
Princess Violette Cocktail
- 1 oz . creme de violette
- 1/2 oz . freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Top with champagne
- Lemon peel , for garnish
- In a champagne glass, measure in the creme de violette and the lemon juice.
- Top off with cold champagne.
- Garnish with lemon peel.
- Enjoy immediately.