Violet Fizz Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Violet Fizz cocktail is a variation of the classic Gin Fizz, which dates back to the 19th century. This elegant and sophisticated cocktail is perfect for those who enjoy floral and fruity flavors. It is often served at high-end bars and upscale events, making it a favorite among cocktail enthusiasts and connoisseurs.

  • The Gin Fizz was first mentioned in Jerry Thomas' 1876 bartending guide
  • The addition of violet liqueur gives the Violet Fizz its unique color and flavor
  • This cocktail is enjoyed by those who appreciate a delicate balance of flavors and a visually appealing presentation

How Violet Fizz Tastes?

The Violet Fizz has a delicate, floral taste with a hint of sweetness. The combination of gin, violet liqueur, and fresh lemon juice creates a refreshing, slightly tart flavor profile. The effervescence from the soda water adds a light, bubbly texture to the drink.

Interesting facts about Violet Fizz

  • The violet liqueur used in this cocktail is made from the petals of the violet flower, which gives the drink its distinctive color and flavor
  • The Violet Fizz is sometimes referred to as a 'Purple Rain' due to its beautiful purple hue
  • This cocktail is often garnished with edible flowers or a lemon twist to enhance its visual appeal


A few good options for Violet Fizz are:

  • Brockmans
  • Silent Pool Gin
  • Hendrick's Gin

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The backbone of many classic cocktails, gin adds a complex botanical flavor that serves as the foundation of the Violet Fizz. At 2oz, you're getting enough of its presence without letting it overpower the delicate violet. Less gin? You'd end up with a softer drink, more liqueur than spirit-forward. More? And you risk smothering the other flavors. Swap gin for vodka, and you'll have a cleaner taste, less complexity perhaps, but some might prefer the more pronounced floral notes.

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Violet Liqueur

At 0.5oz, the violet liqueur gives a sweet, floral bouquet without turning the cocktail into a perfume bottle. Omit this, and you'll lose the 'violet' in your fizzy concoction, and we can't have that, can we? Swap for elderflower liqueur, and you'll still be in a garden of sweetness - just a different aroma.

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Fresh Lemon Juice

1oz lemon juice provides a zesty brightness, balancing the sweetness and adding a refreshing twist. Less lemon juice, and your drink might become cloyingly sweet. More, and you'll pucker up more than you'd kiss the glass. Swap it for lime juice for a sharper sour note, changing the citrus profile slightly.

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Simple Syrup

At 0.5oz, simple syrup rounds out the flavors and adds just the right amount of sweetness. Too much syrup, and your cocktail will likely be too sweet, masking other flavors. Too little, and you might miss the harmony that sweetness can bring. Honey syrup could be an alternative, introducing a richer sweetness with a slight floral edge.

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Soda Water

The 2oz of soda water bring life to the party, providing effervescence that makes the Violet Fizz, well, fizz. Without it, you'd have a flat cocktail on your hands, and nobody wants to bring flatness to a flavor fiesta. You can't really substitute this - unless you're seeking a different kind of cocktail experience altogether.

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Edible Flowers or Lemon Twist

Finally, the garnish. Whether edible flowers or a lemon twist, this is the accessory that takes your cocktail from casual wear to black tie affair. It's about adding another sensory layer - visual appeal, and for the flowers, a subtle aroma. No garnish? You'll still have a tasty drink, but the presentation won't be nearly as striking.

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Recipe. How to make Violet Fizz Drink

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice
  2. Add gin, violet liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and simple syrup
  3. Shake well until chilled
  4. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice
  5. Top with soda water
  6. Gently stir to combine
  7. Garnish with edible flowers or a lemon twist

Pro Tips

  • Use a high-quality gin for the best flavor
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice will provide a brighter, more refreshing taste
  • Chill the highball glass before serving to keep the cocktail cold longer

Perfect Pairings

Appetizers & Snacks

  • Cheese Platters: A mix of cheeses, particularly creamy or mild ones like goat cheese or brie, complement the floral and citrus notes of the Violet Fizz.
  • Seafood Canapés: Shrimp or crab appetizers with a light seasoning won't overpower the delicate violet notes.
  • Fresh Fruit: Berries or stone fruit segments accentuate the cocktail's bright and fruity character.


  • Lemon Sorbet: The tartness of the sorbet will match the cocktail’s citrusy profile perfectly.
  • Lavender Shortbread: A sweet herbal cookie to echo the botanical and floral notes in the drink.

Cuisine Pairing

  • Mediterranean Cuisine: Light dishes featuring herbs and citrus, such as Greek salads, will harmonize with the cocktail's profile.

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What you could change in Violet Fizz

  • If violet liqueur is unavailable, you can use crème de violette or a similar floral liqueur
  • For a non-alcoholic version, replace gin with a non-alcoholic spirit like Seedlip

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And of course - twists🍹

Blackberry Violet Fizz

  • Ingredients: Swap violet liqueur for blackberry liqueur and add a few fresh blackberries.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, using blackberry liqueur instead of violet, and muddle a few fresh blackberries in the shaker before adding the other ingredients. This twist will bring a fruity depth and a darker, richer color to your fizz.

Rose Fizz

  • Ingredients: Drop the violet liqueur, add rose syrup, and use rose water instead of soda water.
  • Recipe: Replace violet liqueur with an equal amount of rose syrup, and top with rose water in place of soda. The result is a fragrant and elegant drink with a lighter fizz and an unmistakably romantic touch.

Sparkling Violet Martini

  • Ingredients: Eliminate soda water and lemon juice, increase violet liqueur to 1oz, and add dry vermouth.
  • Recipe: Mix 2oz gin, 1oz violet liqueur, and 0.5oz dry vermouth in a shaker with ice. Stir well, then strain into a chilled martini glass. This twist transforms the casual fizz into a sophisticated martini with a strong violet presence.

In case you forgot basics how to make Violet Fizz

The basic composition of simple syrup is relatively straightforward – a 1:1 ratio of sugar and water. This mixture is heated until the sugar dissolves, resulting in a clear, sweet syrup.

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Add your ingredients to the shaker first, then ice. Fill it up to ¾ of its capacity to ensure enough space for shaking. Hold the shaker with both hands (one on the top and one on the bottom) and shake vigorously. The shake should come from your shoulders, not your wrists.

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Place your chosen strainer on top of the shaker or mixing glass, ensuring a secure fit. Pour the cocktail into a glass through the strainer, which will catch solid ingredients and ice. If double straining, hold the fine mesh strainer between the shaker and the glass.

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Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Violet Fizz

How many versions of a Gin Fizz cocktail are there?

There are several variations of a Gin Fizz, including the classic Gin Fizz, Ramos Gin Fizz, and many others, including the highlighted Violet Fizz.

What is the shelf life of violet liqueur?

Unopened, violet liqueur can last up to several years. Once opened, it should be consumed within 6-12 months for optimum quality.

Is it safe to consume edible flowers?

Yes, if they are specifically sold as 'edible', they are safe to consume. However, not all flowers are edible. Always ensure they have been properly cleaned before using them in a cocktail.

What are some foods that pair well with the Violet Fizz?

Foods that complement the floral and tart flavors of the Violet Fizz include seafood, chicken dishes, and light salads.

Can I alter the sweetness of the Violet Fizz?

Yes, the sweetness of the cocktail can be adjusted by increasing or decreasing the amount of simple syrup used.

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