Whitley Neill Parma Violet Gin, 70 cl
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Depending on which peach ingredient you use, you may need to adjust the amount of simple syrup needed. A smooth and refined fragrance with a light delicate taste of violet rounded off with a subtle sweetness and soft scents of juniper. J.J. Whitley Violet Gin (Abv. 38.6%) has a blend of eight botanicals including juniper, angelica root, coriander and liquorice. Whilst this gin may remind you of the popular ‘Parma Violet’ sweets, the flavour is very natural and comes from the quintessential English country garden flower, the violet!
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Has the same taste mixed with lemonade (I use schweppes) as a genuine crushed parma violet powder sweet, absolutely delicious. Classically heavy on juniper, smooth and with plenty of citrus peels to balance the peppery juniper. Good in a martini, great in a G&T! You will be able to taste lemon, fresh basil, orange, vanilla and finally herbaceous spices. Butterfly pea flowers give the gin it’s characteristic color, which transforms from indigo to purple or pink when acids like citrus are mixed with it.It's no surprise that the star of this show is Creme de Violette. This violet-flavored liqueur gives the drink its color, but also has a very strong violet flavor. You only need a little bit to make a huge impact. The result is an effortlessly smooth gin with a tropical twist: a citrus-forward, complex interpretation of the old-fashioned gin category. Violet Daiquiri: Combine 2 ounces white rum, 3/4 ounce simple syrup, 1/4 ounce violet liqueur, and 3/4 ounce lime juice. Shake with ice until chilled, then strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with lime or an edible flower.
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It’s botanical lineup includes some interesting things like ginger and rose, but what comes through most prominently to me is crisp juniper and citrus. I would not recommend using a cheap brand such as Drillaud. Cheap, artificial floral flavors will only make your drink taste cheap and artificial. Opt for a premium brand when selecting an floral (think rose or elderflower, too) liqueur or syrup. Peach syrup or liqueur Tradition is at heart of J.J. Whitley production method. The already delicious classic London Dry Gin is modernised thanks the infusion of interesting flavours like Elderflower and Nettle!
Here I’ve used just a quarter of an ounce of violet liqueur. This is just enough to enjoy its intense floral flavor and to add some of its inky blue-purple color to the drink.