The Blue Moon Cocktail with Gin and Creme de Violette | Creative-Culinary.com

The Blue Moon is basically the same ingredients as The Aviation minus the Luxardo Maraschino liqueur. After all is said and done…there is some irony that I liked the Blue Moon better than the Aviation! The Luxardo is sweet and I don’t think necessary. I enjoyed the combination of lemon, gin and violette. The violette is subtle but a nice floral hint that I enjoyed. Truth is even adding the lemon juice changed the color. Seems the only way to see a bright lavender, clear drink is to take a photo prior to those additions but I would rather give you the straight skinny; it’s good and it’s lovely but it’s not a pure bright purple cocktail!


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The violette is subtle but a nice floral hint that I enjoyed. Truth is even adding the lemon juice changed the color. Seems the only way to see a bright lavender, clear drink is to take a photo prior to those additions but I would rather give you the straight skinny; it’s good and it’s lovely but it’s not a pure bright purple cocktail!

Over the holidays I was gifted with a bottle of Tanqueray Malacca Gin; I didn’t know until I decided to use it today just how lucky I was. Malacca was discontinued in 2001 after being introduced in 1997. Despite that early demise it it had built up quite the cult following and as a result it’s been brought back into production, fueled primarily by the craft cocktail movement and the bartenders behind it. Distinguished from London dry gin, it’s more similar to a style called Old Tom gin; less botanicals, not as dry and a bit more citrusy; I thought perfect for using in this cocktail. Now it’s in high demand but also it’s limited in supply. Definitely worth trying if you can find it.


The Blue Moon Cocktail

The Blue Moon Cocktail

Ingredients

  • 2 oz gin - I used Tanqueray Malacca Gin
  • 1/2 oz Creme de Violette
  • 1/2 oz lemon
  • Lemon twist for garnish

Preparation

  1. Add all ingredients except lemon twist to a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake until cold and then strain into a coupe or martini glass.
  2. Garnish with the lemon twist.