A shy violet margarita might be demure at first glance. And while roses are red, and violets are blue. Don’t be shy. Tell me, do you love margaritas too?
Shy Violet Margarita
By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime
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The shy violet margarita is my recipe of the day as I am celebrating both Valentine’s Day and Margarita Weekend.
I don’t often post alc. bevvies since most of that falls to my husband, who writes Potable Pastime, with a number of cocktail recipes and beer articles and reviews. Still, I am quite the mad scientist behind the bar- I just don’t find enough time to post those considering I am perpetually behind on posting recipes.
Yes, I am a Mad Scientist!
And this recipe is one of my little science experiments, and I hope you like it. I had hoped to have a little violet garnish in the photo but the ones I saw for sale? The people tending those have black thumbs worse than mine, as I tend to kill every flowering plant I touch.
I am adept at flower arranging however, and have taught classes in general floral design as well as Ikebana. But I don’t have time for classes either, or I probably would be giving cooking lessons. You know my photos might look like they’ve been dragged through the mud,but the recipes themselves aren’t bad. Not bad at all.
You might think I would want to use blue curacao in this- but depending on the brand, it adds a green tinge. As well, it alters the flavor somewhat and I just preferred using a nice triple sec, although Grand Marnier does well too. I did like the photos on this drink- the lovely blue color came right through and popped.
The violet liqueur is called “The Bitter Truth” which is more pricey than other brands, and certainly I can’t vouch for those as I have only used this one. I have used the Monin violet syrup, which is not alcoholic, in things like lemonade and flavored water, but not in this drink per se. And even though that is not alcoholic, obviously, steering off the liqueur does not make this drink nonalcoholic. I can’t help you there. It is what it is.
For sampling purposes, the tequila I used was El Espolon blanco tequila. We keep several brands of tequila for sipping and other things, but as an all-purpose margarita mixer, this brand is one of our go to’s.
Not much else to say except be careful, because these go down fast. I occasionally adjust sweetness with caster sugar depending on the condition of the lime juice but this had less and I didn’t find it needed it.
The Little Tweaks
You decide, as it is easy to customize. As well, I have been told I make strong drinks (I don’t think so but-) if you are not sure, go with half the amount and add more tequila until you are sure of yourself rather than watering it down. Using a good shaker with the crushed ice always dilutes a drink somewhat.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Enjoy and have a lovely Valentine’s Weekend full of romance and raucous enjoyment. Don’t behave. I wouldn’t. 😉
“Roses are red, my love
Violets are blue
Sugar is sweet
This margarita is for you”
“Happy Valentine’s Day and Margarita Weekend”
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Shy Violet Margarita
Shy Violet Margarita
- 2 ounces "Bitter Truth" violet liqueur
- 1-1/2 ounces blanco tequila
- 1 ounce DeKuyper O3 brand orange liqueur or Grand marnier liqueur
- 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
- 1 cup crushed ice
- 1 lime wedge
- Combine liquids with crushed ice in a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously until well chilled.
- Pour all into a sugared margarita glass (do not strain).
- Garnish with cocktail straws and a lime wedge.
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