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Liberation
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4.24 / 5
The Liberation cocktail is a refreshing and floral drink that marries the bright, tartness of lemon juice with the complexity of gin and the sweet, fragrant notes of elderflower liqueur. ... more The Liberation cocktail is a refreshing and floral drink that marries the bright, tartness of lemon juice with the complexity of gin and the sweet, fragrant notes of elderflower liqueur. The addition of Creme de Violette introduces a subtle floral undertone, deepening the drink's bouquet without overwhelming the other flavors. Typically served in a cocktail glass, the Liberation offers a harmonious blend that appeals to those who enjoy a sophisticated and aromatic drinking experience. Its presentation is often elevated with a garnish such as a flamed lemon twist, adding a final, citrusy flourish to the sensory journey.
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27.14% | 2.85 units *

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Cocktail Colin says:

4/5

The Liberation cocktail is a symphony of sophistication, blending the bright sharpness of lemon juice with the delicate sweetness of elderflower liqueur and a whispers of Creme de Violette, creating a layered floral narrative that is both engaging and refreshing. The robust backbone of gin carries these lighter, floral notes with finesse, ensuring each sip is as balanced as it is aromatic, making this cocktail a charming choice for those who relish depth and refinement in their glass.

Method
How to make a Liberation

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice
Shake and strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a flamed lemon twist and serve
~ Plymouth, being not just a brand but a style of gin, is recommended over other gin. This recipe will work with dry gin, however. Alternatively you may want to add the crème de violette after the rest of the drink is made, for effect and so the last sip is violet. ~

Learn more about some of the mixology terms used in this cocktail

·  Shake  ·  Strain  ·  Garnish  ·  Twist  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What kind of flavor profile can I expect from the Liberation cocktail?

The Liberation cocktail offers a unique and refreshing flavor profile. The use of lemon juice brings a tart and citrusy note, which is balanced by the floral and slightly sweet tones of the elderflower liqueur. The gin adds a crisp and herbal touch, while the dash of creme de violette introduces a subtle floral and sweet note. Overall, you can expect a harmonious blend of floral, citrus, and herbal flavors.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

Is the Liberation cocktail suitable for someone who prefers less strong alcoholic beverages?

The Liberation cocktail, with an alcohol content of 27.14%, is moderately strong. It's made predominantly with gin and complemented by elderflower liqueur, making it stronger than some cocktails but not as potent as straight spirits. If you prefer less strong alcoholic beverages, you might find the Liberation to be a good balance, especially with the non-alcoholic components like lemon juice and creme de violette softening the overall alcohol impact.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I use a substitute for creme de violette if I can't find it?

Yes, you can substitute creme de violette if it's not available. While creme de violette has a unique floral flavor, a good substitute could be Parfait Amour, which also has floral and citrus notes, though the flavor profile will slightly change. Alternatively, you can use a small amount of violet syrup, though this will increase the sweetness of your cocktail. Be mindful to adjust quantities based on the substitute's strength and sweetness.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of gin is best to use for the Liberation cocktail?

For the Liberation cocktail, a London Dry Gin is often recommended because of its clean, crisp botanicals that blend well with the other components of the drink. However, the choice of gin can be adjusted to suit personal preference. If you prefer a more floral or herbaceous profile, you might experiment with a Contemporary or New Western Style gin, which often emphasizes unique botanicals beyond the traditional juniper.

FAQ

How do I properly serve the Liberation cocktail to enhance its flavors?

Serving the Liberation cocktail properly can significantly enhance its flavors. Firstly, it should be served cold, meaning all ingredients are well-chilled, and the cocktail is shaken with ice before straining into a cocktail glass. Opt for a chilled cocktail glass to maintain the temperature. The inclusion of a dash of creme de violette and careful measurement of the elderflower liqueur are crucial for balance. Garnishing with a lemon twist or a violet (if available) can add an aromatic component to enjoy before the first sip.

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