1 1⁄2 oz Rye
3⁄4 oz Campari
3⁄4 oz Lime juice
1⁄2 t Crème de Violette (See Notes)
Instructions

Shake with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with 7 evil exes.

Notes

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.

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Posted by Bevx on 2/04/2013
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From other users
  • Out of St Germain, used Canton and a lemon instead. Very good. As others noted nice grapefruit flavor
  • Need to play around with ratios but I like it! I'm trying to use up a bottle of soho lychee so i subbed that in for the elderflower on the second try. Better with the elderflower.
  • pretty high grapefruit vibes but I'm not opposed to that
  • Don't substitute with curasao and pomegranate liquor. — ★★★★★
  • Strong blood orange and grapefruit flavors coming through. Kind of like a hefty version of an Americano. My kind of drink!
  • 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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Comments

Bevx commented on 2/05/2013:

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!


Sakas commented on 2/18/2013:

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 commented on 2/25/2013:

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 commented on 3/11/2013:

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.


Bevx commented on 3/14/2013:

Self-curated to include new ingredient options.


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


Bevx commented on 7/16/2013:

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!


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.


Bevx commented on 7/19/2013:

I like both of those ideas. Mostly the second one.