1 oz Plymouth Sloe Gin
1/2 oz Crème Yvette
1/2 oz Lemon Juice
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.
On Thursday night, Andrea and I traveled a ways down the Red Line to the Broadway stop to attend Franklin Southie's Plymouth Gin Industry Night. I was only expecting to see gin recipes on the menu, but I was pleasantly surprised that there were a few sloe gin ones as well. The one I was drawn to -- the Improved Ping Pong -- had both spirits, but what really drew my attention was that it contained Crème Yvette! This was my first sighting in a Boston bar (save for a prototype batch that was stashed away at Eastern Standard). Crème Yvette has a similar floral signature as Crème de Violette; however, Yvette also contains a rather delicious berry component for it contains blackberry, raspberry, cassis, and strawberry besides the violet flowers.
Ping Pong #2The Improved Ping Pong's nose contained both lemon oil and floral elements. The sip was full of sweet fruit notes with a slightly bitter and floral swallow. When I gave Andrea a sip, she commented that the raspberry notes (from a combination of the slow gin and Yvette) strangely reminded her of a popsicle.
• 1/3 oz Sloe Gin
• 1/3 oz Crème Yvette
• 1 spoon Lemon Juice
Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass.