Cocktails that I really swoon over tend to fall into two camps: herbal/floral and brown. This one, as you see, falls in the former. I’m a fan of floral tastes in general—I have exactly one kitchen cabinet’s worth of “pantry” space and still have bottles of both orange blossom and rose water. Priorities.
The floral notes in this cocktails come from Creme Yvette, a once-forgotten liqueur with notes of violet, berries, vanilla, orange peel, and honey. A 750 ml bottle will run you just under $50 and for me that definitely falls into splurge territory. However, since it’s not the starring spirit in a drink, it should last you just short of forever. And if you’re a person who is inclined not to ignore that holiday later this week, a bottle of this terribly lovely liqueur and couple of these ruby hued cocktails would be a fine way to celebrate.
This drink is essentially a Blue Moon, but I had some blood orange juice leftover from my Serious Eats piece, so I plugged that in here. The result is a pretty, not-too-sour gin cocktail with all sorts of nice berry and floral flavors.