3-Ingredient Happy Hour: The Beautiful And Elegant Elizabeth Taylor

3-Ingredient Happy Hour: The Beautiful And Elegant Elizabeth Taylor

Happy final weekend of 2017 and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. Everything about New Year’s Eve should be beautiful and sparkly, so this week we’re sipping on the dangerously beautiful Elizabeth Taylor, named after the violet-eyed starlet for its pleasing purple hue.

Photo by Claire Lower

There are a lot of variations to this particular sparkling cocktail, but the two main ingredients are the floral-forward crème de violette and some sort of bubbly situation. I like to add gin to mine because I like to add gin to everything, but be warned, these little babies pack quite the punch. To make this pretty potion in a flute, you will need:

  • 20mL gin
  • 20mL crème de violette
  • 100mL of some sort of sparkling wine

Add the gin and crème de violette to a champagne flute, give it a little stir, and top with chilled champagne. Sip, and resist the urge to garnish; to do so would be to gild the violet.


  • This is one of my favourite summer cocktails. Get the good Creme de Violette–Massenez is pretty easy to come by. And if you’re not in the mood for a long drink, skip the champagne, and add 20ml of lemon juice.

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