Water Lily Cocktail – Gin and Violet Liqueur

Water Lily - Blue violet Cocktail with lemon twist garnish. Blooming Cocktail with Floral notes.


22 ml / 3/4 oz Gin
22 ml / 3/4 oz Crème de Violette
22 ml / 3/4 oz Triple Sec
22 ml / 3/4 oz Lemon Juice

Method: Shaken
Garnish: Lemon twist
Glass: Coupette

Shopping list

Sipsmith London Dry Gin
The Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur

The story of the Water Lily Cocktail

The Water Lily was created by Richard Boccato in New York City in 2007 for a friend named Georgette. In the 2016 book Regarding Cocktails by Sascha Petraske, Richard recalls how Georgette sat at the bar and wanted drink something with violet liqueur and gin. Boccato quickly created this bloomy sour. Then, as they searched for a suitable name for the cocktail, they came up with Georgettes middle name – Lilian. This is how the name „Water Lily“ came about.

The Water Lily Cocktail is a drink that is sure to impress with its unique and alluring violet shade. It is one of the few cocktails that features Crème de Violette, a violet liqueur, as one of its main ingredients. The drink is made by combining London Dry Gin, Triple Sec (Cointreau), Crème de Violette and lemon juice in a shaker filled with ice. 

If you’re looking to try something new and exciting, the Water Lily Cocktail is definitely worth a try. Its unique flavor profile and stunning appearance are sure to impress.

When choosing a gin, you should stick to a classic, tight London Dry such as Sipsmith London Dry Gin.


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