Sunday, November 2, 2008


So today was probably the last lovely day we'll have in Illinois for a very long time, so after working around the house all day, my husband and I finally took off for a brief drive through the cornfields in our convertible, ending up at our local wine shop. Now, we may live in Central Illinois, but thank God we have a decent wine store (our supermarkets aren't bad, either). So we stopped in to get a bottle of wine for our dinner this evening. As usual, they were happy to help us not only with the wine but with our pre-dinner cocktail, which is pretty exciting and I just had to share:
1 1/2 oz Creme de Violette
2 oz Blenheim Bay Premium Gin (typically I drink only Hendricks but the wine guy swore by this New Zealand gin...and it was only $14.99!)
a twist of orange

It's a beautiful violet color and...delicious.


Petunia said...

This drink is so gorgeous. I want to have one just because the color is so pretty!

The Daily Connoisseur said...

Oh how divine- that sounds good right now and it is only 7 in the morning where I am!

M.Lane said...

It IS pretty. Does it taste like violets? What do violets taste like? I don't think I would mix Hendrick's with anything. Taking a tip from Kingsley Amis I am now drinking it on ice. People freak out when you order gin on the rocks!


vicki archer said...

Amazing - i will have to copy this cocktail at Christmas time. Apart from the colour which is divine it sounds scrumptuous. Thank you for your lovely comments on French Essence xv.

The Cwtch said...

ooh yummy

Susan said...

I just read about this drink the other day (ok I was reading a bar recipe book) and it intrigued me. Beautiful photo. :)

Topsy Turvy said...

Hmm ... sounds intriguing ... I'm thinking I need to branch out from wine and this could be a good place to start.