We value your support now more than ever.

All year we’ve been covering the issues that matter most to you—the pandemic, the election, policing, housing, and more—and now our end of year membership campaign is here. Will you support our work to ensure we can bring you the same informative local reporting in 2021?

The Post ran a fantastic spirits column in this week’s Food section, in which Jason Wilson describes a game he and his brother play called Liquor Store Archaeology. Basically, they try to outdo the other with old-school finds. Sounds like quite a bit of fun to me. Anyway, his current find is a bottle of creme de violette, which he uses to make a Blue Moon cocktail (combined with gin and lemon juice). So, if you’re like me, you’re about to go buy a bottle of creme de violette. In case you get tired of Blue Moons, here are some more recipes to experiment with (And they are experiments. Thanks, Google!):

Blue Moon #2 (adapted from Esquire Drinks Book)

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce dry vermouth
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • 1 dash creme de violette


  • 1/2 oz creme de violette
  • 1/2 oz creme de cacao
  • 1/2 oz maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 oz yellow chartreuse
  • 1/2 oz green chartreuse
  • 1/2 oz Benedictine
  • 1/2 oz brandy

Fizz a la Violette

  • 2 oz gin
  • 1 oz creme de violette
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 oz cream
  • 1/2 oz fresh lime juice