Following the success of The Ginger Rogers, a grapefruit and ginger cocktail I made named after the iconic dancer, I decided to start a little series of naming cocktails after famous classical women.
This cocktail, the Violet Eyes, is named after the one and only Elizabeth Taylor, who reportedly had violet pupils. Or at least that’s what pop culture tells me.
I was so pleased with how this cocktail turned out. I’ve partnered with my lovely friends at Absolut on this post, and am a huge fan of their newest vodka: Absolut Elyx. It’s a premium vodka distilled in copper barrels, creating a crisp, smooth taste.
It paired perfectly with the floral and tropical flavors of lavender and coconut water. And I absolutely loved having coconut water in my cocktail. It felt so light and refreshing; perfect for long summer nights.
And for those of you saying “wait, egg white in a cocktail?!”, well, yes. It’s absolutely amazing, creating a thick, frothy texture that makes it seem richer than it is.
Plus, the acidity from the lemon neutralizes any potential bacteria from the egg white, so it’s totally safe to drink. In fact, all whiskey sours use egg whites to give them that lovely froth.
The recipe below serves one, but it can be easily scaled up to make a full round of cocktails. Cheers!
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- ¼ cup water
- 3 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
- ½ oz lavender simple syrup
- 1½ oz Absolut Elyx
- 1 oz coconut water
- ½ egg white
- ½ oz lemon juice
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar, water, and lavender. Allow to come to a boil, then reduce heat to low and allow mixture to simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before draining through a sieve to remove lavender buds.
- Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour in ½ oz of the simple syrup, along with Absolut Elyx, coconut water, egg white, and lemon juice. Shake until frothy, then pour into a coupe glass. Top with edible flowers or more dried lavender.
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