Breaking: Creme Yvette on Shelves in NYC!

Creme Yvette is now on sale at Astor Wines & Spirits for $41.99!

She’s finally here! Although she’s more of a reincarnate than a newborn, Creme Yvette, the highly anticipated liqueur from the makers of St-Germain elderflower liqueur, is now on sale at Astor Wines & Spirits for $41.99. I’m still finding out which other liquor shops are stocking it–Park Avenue Liquor expects to have it soon and there is already a customer waiting list! Featuring notes of berries, spices, honey, vanilla, and a hint of violet petals, Creme Yvette disappeared in 1969, but Robert Cooper’s family has the rights to the recipe and has been fine-tuning it for relaunch.

Over the past two years, Creme de Violette has been a hit with mixologists seeking the missing link to a proper Aviation. Classic cocktails that include Yvette are the Blue Moon (2 oz. gin, 3/4 oz. lemon, 1/2 oz. Creme Yvette) and the Union Jack (1 1/2 oz. gin, 1/2 oz. Creme Yvette).

I’m excited to see the reddish-purple Yvette make a splash on NYC cocktail menus. Have an idea for a cocktail recipe featuring Creme Yvette? Comment below, and I’ll experiment with some of them–the best recipe will win something cool, I promise!

*Correction: I originally said the original recipe for the Aviation, as found in Hugo Ensslin’s 1917 book, “Recipes for Mixed Drinks,” included Creme Yvette–it did not, it calls for Creme de Violette–my apologies.

11 thoughts on “Breaking: Creme Yvette on Shelves in NYC!

  1. Um no, the recipe in Hugo Ensslin’s book calls for Creme de Violette. Here it is exactly:

    Aviation Cocktail

    1/3 Lemon Juice
    2/3 El Bart Gin
    2 dashes Maraschino
    2 dashes Creme de Violette

    Shake well in a mixing glass with cracked ice, strain and serve.

  2. Just picked mine up today! They also have Herbsaint which I’m stoked about too. I got the last bottle of the 90 proof Herbsaint, they told me the limited edition “original recipe” 100 prof would be in next week. I’ll be doing reviews on my blog. This is big for us vintage cocktail geeks!

    Max

  3. Just picked up some Creme Yvette – color is strikingly pink/purple — interesting hue for an aviation.

    After a bunch of experimenting, we liked this recipe:

    Blanca Morada

    2oz pisco
    1/2oz Creme Yvette
    1/2oz Dolin Blanc
    1/4oz White Creme de Cacao
    Dash Fee’s rhubarb bitters

    Stir, serve up with a grapefruit twist.

  4. That sounds Yummy! I was doing a tequila tasting at Astor the day it came out and used it to tweek a recipe Jake Sher came up with one night at Beekman Bar & Books.

    The Violet Beauregarde

    2 oz Luna Sueno Blanco
    1 1/4 oz Creme Yvette
    healthy dash of fresh squeezed Lime juice
    3 dashes of Mole Chocolate Bitters

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  6. Another one we’ll surely have to drive to Ontario for!

    Traditional cocktails using Crème Yvette

    Blue Moon Cocktail

    2 oz dry gin
    1/2 oz crème Yvette
    1/2 oz lemon juice
    Stir well with cracked ice

    Angel’s Kiss

    1/4 crème de Cacao
    1/4 Crème Yvette
    1/4 sweet cream
    1/4 Prunelle Brandy

    Pour into Liqueur glass carefully in order listed so that they form layers.

    Pousse-Café

    1/6 of each
    Grenadine
    Crème de Cacao
    Maraschino
    Orange Curaçao
    Crème Yvette
    Brandy

    Pour to form layers

    Rainbow Cordial

    1/7 of each
    Crème de Cacao
    Crème Yvette
    Yellow Chartreuse
    Maraschino
    Bénédictine
    Green Chartreuse
    Brandy
    Pour to form layers

    This one could also work with Crème Yvette

    Frappé

    Fill small coctail glass with shaved ice. Pour over 1 ounce of any cordial and serve with two short straws.

    These from The Standard Cocktail Guide by Crosby Gaige (c)1944

  7. Was every last bottle of the old Yvette consumed? I’d like to get my hands on a bottle of the stuff (and supposedly the ‘certified color’ mention on the old label is a telltale sign). I’m wary of the taste difference with the new stuff before I buy it.

    Likewise, is there anywhere I can try it straight-up before buying the 750mL?

    Thank you!

  8. “We actually have some original bottles at the office… But they are Rob’s family heirlooms so they are not for sale… The juice now is as close to the same as the original as possible. Many purveyors in France had since passed so new sources had to be found. So, it is still made the same. Neutral spirit, dried violet blossoms, black berry, cassis, raspberry, and strawberry. No artificial coloring or artificial sugars at all. And is still 27.5% alcohol.”

    –Philip Pepperdine, brand representative, Cooper Spirits

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