Champagne and Violet Liquor
I just created this liquor, also known as a cordial, and think it is good enough to share. My daughter was my inspiration for this. Last Thanksgiving, she made us a drink with champagne and violet liquor. I have been looking for some violet liquor ever since, but live in a small town, where such things are unheard of. A few weeks ago, it occurred to me that it’s violet season, and I could make some. I have made several different flavors of cordials with fruit, but it had not occurred to me before to use flowers. Once I did think of it, I had to try it right away.
I had planted violets in my yard and let them go wild several years ago. Now I’m ready to take advantage of my unintentional planning ahead. First I picked about 6 cups of blossoms. I found out that the bees had woken and and also discovered the flowers, so I picked -and stepped-very carefully.
My cat was also a great help. Every time I bend over, (she thinking, of course, that I’m bending over to pet her-why else? ) rushed over and thoughtfully put her purring furry cat body right under my hand to make it easy for me.
Coming at a trot.
Kitty talk translated: Pet me, pet me now!
So, it took a while longer than I had anticipated, but it was a beautiful. sunny day and both my cat and I had a nice afternoon. Once I managed to fill my container I placed them in a colander and carefully rinsed them.
I then placed them in a large glass pot and added about two quarts of water. I heated it up very slowly. This is the most important step. Do NOT boil the flowers. They will be ruined. Stand over the pan and heat them up slowly, until steam forms, but before it boils, and turn off the burner, put on the lid and leave it until cool.
Then put it in the fridge for 2-3 days. After that, pour through a strainer into a glass jar. You should have about two quarts. The flowers will be pale , and the liquid will be an amazing dark blue.
In the meantime, make some simple sugar syrup. Place two thirds cup of sugar in a glass bowl. Add one half cup boiling water and stir. I use a very small amount of sugar because the flowers are already sweet, and because I want to taste them, not the sugar. Let cool completely. Add to violet extract water. Add two cups of vodka. My daughter , who has bartended, recommended Monopolowa Vodka, which is made from potatoes and imported from Vienna, Austria. Mix this all together. It’s now done. Store in a cool, dark place.This will get better with age, but it may not be around very long. This does need to be refrigerated.
All eatable flowers have their own unique medical proprieties. While I don’t know what violets contain, I do know that they are a wonderful spring tonic for us.
Violets only bloom a few weeks of the year, so now is the time to make it! Now, I think I’ll go have a medicinal glass of violet cordial!