Happy Easter weekend, my friends, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week we are making a super refreshing, easy on the eyes beverage.
Photo: Claire Lower
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.
You may remember our New Year cocktail, the Elizabeth Taylor, which combined crème de violette, gin and sparkling wine to make a very pretty, very festive libation. Since then, the bottle of crème de violette has been just chilling on my bar cart, waiting to be put back in the game and it is with great pleasure that I present to you another violet-hued cocktail.
This drink is based on a little cocktail called the "blue moon" and the only difference is that we're using vodka instead of gin. Why vodka, you ask? Because I'm out of gin and most of the cocktails in this column are gin-based anyway. Whether you choose gin or vodka, the resulting drink is bright, tart, and sweet — perfect for pairing with your Easter ham.
To make it, you will need:
- 55mL vodka (or gin, if you prefer)
- 20mL crème de violette
- 20mL fresh lemon juice, with a strip of zest reserved for garnishing if you like
Add all ingredients except zest to a shaker filled with ice and shake with much vigour until the the shaker is uncomfortably cold. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish it up with that zest.