Viola
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Viola
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The Viola cocktail is an aesthetically pleasing layered shot that combines the deep, rich flavors of bourbon with the sweet, floral notes of violet syrup, underscored by a tangy hint ... more The Viola cocktail is an aesthetically pleasing layered shot that combines the deep, rich flavors of bourbon with the sweet, floral notes of violet syrup, underscored by a tangy hint of lemon bitters. Served in a shot glass, this cocktail presents a visually striking gradient of colors which also reflects its complex taste profile. The Viola offers a short, yet sophisticated experience for the palate, blending herbal and citrus tones with the comforting warmth of bourbon whiskey, creating a unique sipping sensation that's both potent and pleasantly fragrant.
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Bourbon
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20% | 0.6 units *

Shot glass

Ingredients

oz
ml
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15ml ½oz 1.5cl
Dash Dash Dash
15ml ½oz 1.5cl

Method
How to make a Viola

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Use a bar spoon to create separate layers of the liquids in the shot glass
Start with half a shot of violet syrup, then pour some drops of lemon bitters to create a thin border between the syrup and the next layer
Float half a shot of bourbon on top, and serve

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

·  Bitters  ·  Layer  ·  Float  · 

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FAQ's

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What makes violet syrup a special ingredient in the Viola cocktail?

Violet syrup contributes a unique floral and sweet flavor to the Viola cocktail, distinguishing it from other cocktails. Its distinct aroma and taste come from the essence of violet flowers, which adds depth and a touch of elegance to the drink. Besides its flavor profile, the syrup also imparts a captivating purple hue, enhancing the visual appeal of the cocktail.

SERVING_SUGGESTIONS

Is there a specific type of shot glass recommended for serving the Viola?

While there's no strict rule on the specific type of shot glass to use for the Viola cocktail, a clear glass is recommended to showcase the drink's beautiful purple color. A taller, slender shot glass can also add an element of sophistication to the presentation.

ALCOHOL_CONTENT_COMPARISON

How does the alcohol content of Viola compare to other common cocktails?

With an alcohol content of 20%, the Viola cocktail falls into the lower to the medium range of alcohol content for cocktails. Many classic cocktails have a higher alcohol content, often ranging from 25% to 40%, depending on the ingredients and proportions. Therefore, Viola can be considered a lighter option, suitable for those seeking a milder alcoholic beverage.

CUSTOMIZATION_IDEAS

Can I customize the Viola cocktail if I prefer a sweeter or less sweet taste?

Yes, you can easily customize the sweetness level of the Viola cocktail by adjusting the amount of violet syrup used. For a sweeter taste, add a bit more syrup, and for a less sweet version, reduce the syrup quantity. It’s important to balance the flavors to your preference while ensuring the violet flavor remains prominent.

OCCASION_SUITABILITY

What occasions are best suited for serving the Viola cocktail?

The Viola cocktail, with its elegant appearance and unique taste, is well-suited for special occasions such as cocktail parties, spring and summer gatherings, or as a sophisticated pre-dinner drink. Its beautiful color and floral notes make it a great choice for celebrations and moments when you want to offer something distinctive and memorable.

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