Shy Violet Margarita

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

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.

Shy Violet Margarita

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.

Violets are Blue

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.

Shy Violet Margarita

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. 😉

Blue Flowers

“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

Sue Lau
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Course Beverages, Cocktails
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 1


  • 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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4 responses

  1. Just fixed one for myself and let me tell you! By far one of the best margaritas I’ve ever had. It’s sweet but not too sweet, floral but not overwhelming, very refreshing and a great use for violet liqueur. I bought a bottle because I wanted an aviation and so far had not found another use for it but this changes everything! I highly recommend it.

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