Crème Yvette violet liqueur, worth getting to know. Photo courtesy Cooper Spirits International.
This old-fashioned-looking bottle with an unfamiliar name hasn’t been around in more than 40 years. Purple-hued and violet-scented, it was enjoyed since the 19th century in cocktails and as an after-dinner digestif.
Alas, it was one of many old-fashioned liqueurs that went out of style and ceased to be produced; in this case, it went defunct in 1969. But it recently caught the fancy of the creator of St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur (another favorite for Valentine’s Day or any day), who has resurrected it.
Crème Yvette, also called Crème d’Yvette and Crème de Yvette, is made from parma violet petals*, blackberries, blackcurrants, red raspberries and wild strawberries, along with honey, orange peel and vanilla.
Currently, it seems to be available in New York and California, but you can see if your local liquor store can order a bottle for you.
There are cocktail recipes on the brand’s website, CremeYvette.com. We enjoyed mixing it with sparkling wine (we also layered St. Germain into one variation).
And it’s delicious atop raspberry sorbet—an easy Valentine’s Day dessert.
(By the way, exactly who Yvette was has been lost to history.)
*The same exotic flower used to make those violet pastilles.