Inspired by the classic Aviation cocktail, this sparkling sipper is the perfect treat for an early Spring weekend!
Royal Air Force
1/2 oz gin
1/3 oz Crème Yvette
1/2 oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
scant 1/4 oz syrup
Combine gin, Crème Yvette, lemon juice and syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake for 10-15 seconds and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Top with chilled sparkling rosé and garnish with a rose petal.
Notes: Crème Yvette is a 100-year old violet liqueur made with blackberry, raspberry, wild strawberry and cassis, honey, orange peel and vanilla (sounds heavenly, doesn't it?) that's only recently been revived. If you already have a bottle of Crème de Violette on hand, you can easily substitute one for the other. Use a floral gin that's light on juniper to pair prettily with the violet liqueur and the sparkling rosé–cheers!