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Cocktail: Gin and Serendipity
cap, captain miss america

In my house, my father’s version of the Easter Bunny brings me ten bottles of hand sanitizing products. My mother’s version of the Easter Bunny brings me two bottles of gin and a bottle of Ramazzotti.

So, anyway, this is not about any of those bottles. My mom and I tried Comb 9 a few weeks ago because it’s a gin distilled with honey, and I made something with Mathilde Peche, dry vermouth and honey from our bees, and it was pretty good. So when I got in the house and asked her what she wanted, she said Comb 9.

The problem is, my mom and I haven’t been in the house in like three weeks, so there wasn’t anything in the way of fresh fruit or anything. I kind of wanted to make a pear drink, but that’s hard without, you know, pears. We only had some blood oranges and those would totally overwhelm this stuff.

So I went outside to pick some fresh herbs, and this is what I found:

Hundreds of white violets, blanketing the lawn like snow.

We’ve never gotten violets like this before, not in such abundance!


2.5 oz Comb 9 gin
3/4 oz Domaine de Canton
1 1/2 tsp Evaporated Cane Juice
13 fresh white violets
1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme

1) Reserve three violets
2) Add all other ingredients to a shake
3) Muddle well– you need to crush the violets until they start to become a pulp, not just bruise them
4) Strain through a fine wire mesh into a cocktail glass
5) Garnish with remaining violets

I wasn’t sure if it would work, but it did! The drink got a lovely pale green color and you can actually taste the violets in it! It is flowery and slightly sweet. So if anybody else has a yard full of violets, you should try this!

Mirrored from Antagonia.net.

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This drink sounds lovely and I am intrigued. I have a yard full of violets, though they are not white-- I wonder if the purple violets will have a stronger flavor? It will probably not have that fresh light green color but I think I'm going to give it a whirl anyway!

Here are some of our violets:

Sweet Violets

I like that violet flavor--my grandmother always had a tin of Violet Pastilles in her handbag, so the flavor reminds me strongly of her.

Edited at 2011-04-30 02:05 am (UTC)

I'm sure purple violets will work fine; I just used the white ones because we had more of them! Go for it, tell me how it turns out.

Evaporated Cane Juice--is this available or...? We have some Steens but somehow I don't think that's quite the same! I know a place I can get the Coombs, but the Domain de Canton might be a challenge.

If I manage to get the ingredients together I will assuredly let you know how it turns out!

I get evaporated can juice from Trader Joe's if you have that near you. This brand is also pretty common in natural food stores. Oh, and no, Steen's is completely different. If you can't get evaporated cane juice, use Sugar in the Raw.

If you can't find DdC, Koval also makes a ginger liqueur as well.

Edited at 2011-04-30 02:54 am (UTC)

Thank you for the information...we do indeed have a Trader Joe's (it's a drive, but we love to go there).

We can't get Steens here--we just buy a few every visit to New Orleans--I knew it wasn't what you meant, though. Too thick and OMG sweet.

Hey, I love your new icon--having now seen photos of you, I think this looks more like the you-now.

Thanks! I used to draw a lot of those vector cartoons, and so I did my icon to match. But I've moved a lot more toward analog materials, and the icon was starting to feel out of place!

Damn, our violets just shriveled from the heat. You should've made this recipe earlier!

Sorry! I will keep the temperature difference between me and you in mind for the future! :-P


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