The Violet Hour Recipe | Cocktail Recipes | PBS Food

This delicate cocktail refers to the hour of midnight at the New Year. Discover what rare liqueur plays a key role in this this New Year's Eve drink and what curious ingredient it's made of. Discover other holiday cocktails in our collection of original recipes from the top bartenders across the nation.



  • 1 ounce créme de violette
  • 1 ounce pear puree
  • 4 ounce brut champagne
  • Edible flower garnish


  1. Chill a 7-8 ounce coupe (depicted in image) champagne glass and pour in the first two ingredients then top with brut champagne.
  2. Add edible non-toxic flower garnish. (Flower shown is a culinary orchid.)


Créme de Violette (liqueur made from French violets) was unavailable in America for about 85 years until recently.

You can make your own pear puree or purchase from your local grocer.

To balance the sweetness of the liqueur and puree a dry/brut Champagne is recommended.

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