Ramona Flowers

1 12 oz Rye
34 oz Campari
34 oz Elderflower liqueur, St. Germain
34 oz Lime juice
12 t Crème de Violette (See Notes)
Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with 7 evil exes.
As a nod to the namesake character's constantly changing hair color, other flower-based liquids can/should be substituted for the Crème de Violette at the drinker's discretion. A couple dashes of Rose Water (which amps up the floral aspect) or Orange Flower Water (which severely tames the bitterness) both work nicely. Crème Yvette, Hum, Lavender Liqueur or Bitters, etc. might also be worth trying.
From other users
  • Lovely looking and nice tasting. The floral notes didn't come through that strongly for me, but the sweet/bitter flavors are balanced well. — ☆☆☆☆
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bevx's picture

I love the comic and the

I love the comic and the movie, and have wanted to use this as a drink name for a while... After a few tries, I found the best success with proportions matching the character herself: equal parts bitter, tart & floral, with a double dose of rye (wry) and a splash of purple!

Made with Templeton Rye and

Made with Templeton Rye and Rothman & Winter Creme De Violette. Subbed lemon for lime juice, and added 1dsh Miracle Mile Yuzu Bitters. Really enjoying this a lot. Going to try 2oz rye next time. A cocktail I will definitely make again. Love the Scott Pilgrim reference too.

bevx's picture

Thanks! I like it a lot with

Thanks! I like it a lot with lemon too, but I was trying to stay away from the "accidental grapefruit" flavors to let the florals shine through a bit more... Also, jealous! Those Yuzu Bitters are pretty high on my wish list.

bevx's picture

Out of curiosity, I subbed in

Out of curiosity, I subbed in 1scant tsp rose water for the violette tonight. Really good. I'll have to try it again when I'm not so low on rye, but I think I might prefer it this way.

Finally got around to making

Finally got around to making this. Wow. Even my Campari hating wife loves this. Definitely going in my rotation.

bevx's picture

Awesome, I'm glad you both

Awesome, I'm glad you both liked it! I've been surprised at how much positive feedback I've gotten on this one... A couple months ago, I was teaching it to my favorite bartender. The 2 guys next to me were intrigued and ordered a round for themselves. They liked it so much they paid for mine and begged me for the recipe!

DrunkLab's picture

It'd be great to float the

It'd be great to float the violette (or other floral liqueur) after the rest of the drink has been prepared and served, so Ramona's hair changes colors before the customer's eyes. Alternately, it'd be great if Mary Elizabeth Winstead could serve me this drink.

The second cocktail I found

The second cocktail I found that made me think buying a bottle of Campari wasn't a complete mistake. (The first was the Jasmine, but that only uses 1/4 oz of Campari.) The rye and lime here seem to combine to keep the Campari from overwhelming.

This cocktail is so good I

This cocktail is so good I registered an account just to say so.

Thanks for giving me something other than an Aviation to consume my Violette.