Many recipes leave out the crème de violette, but it is essential, not just for the blue colour it gives the drink, but the way it balances the other ingredients.
• 2 oz gin
• 0.25 oz maraschino liqueur
• 0.25 oz crème de violette
• 0.5 oz lemon juice
• Garnish: Flamed lemon peel or brandied cherry
Combine gin, the liqueurs and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice; shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with flamed lemon peel or brandied cherry. Serves 1.