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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

Rainbow

  • 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