Bearing a striking resemblance to the Aviation, the Blue Moon, is likewise a floral cocktail which contains hard to find ingredients. Whereas Creme Yvette, a proprietary violet liqueur, was once a staple of many bars, it has been unavailable in the US for decades. Recently, spirits importer Haus Alpenz has begun importing an Austrian brand of a similar product, creme de violette, which has allowed us to recreate several of these forgotten drinks.
Most drinks with the word “blue” in name will have the blue curacao ingredient. Curacao is an orange-flavored liqueur that is distilled clear, and can be found in blue, green, orange or red incarnations, all of which taste the same. Blue is the most popular.
Contrary to the above statement, this cocktail’s beautiful hue comes from the creme de violette. It has a delicate floral aroma and a light refreshing taste. I recommend a big bold gin to pair nicely with other flavors in the drink. As a side note on the blue curacao, I’m pretty sure I bought a bottle of that stuff for the first cocktail party I ever had, and have not used a drop of it since.
The Blue Moon
2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Creme de Violette
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Garnish with a Lemon twist