About this recipe
The iconic 40-seat jazz and martini lounge 9 Maple Avenue has the largest selection of single malt Scotches between Manhattan and Montreal and a martini menu with more than 250 options. 9 Maple is especially beloved for its transformative seasonal cocktails, which arrive and leave the menu as quickly as an early spring rainstorm. Their latest project is a cocktail that seems like a tarted-up Cosmo but is so much more. The addition of Crème Yvette transforms this cocktail into a grande dame, mysterious, delicious and deeply satisfying. Crème Yvette originated in 1890 in Connecticut and became the darling of the cocktail set. Production was halted in 1969 and finally revived in 2009. Largely forgotten now, the liqueur, made from a blend of parma violet petals with blackberries, red raspberries, wild strawberries, cassis, honey, orange peel and vanilla, is winter’s swan song as he melts into spring. It’s lovely with sparkling wines, or in the concoction below, dreamed up by 9 Maple’s owner, Michael Sirianni.
1 1⁄2 ounces vodka (Saratoga Courage Distillery has a great one)
1 ounce Crème Yvette
2 sections fresh lemon, squeezed Splash of cranberry juice
Place contents in cocktail shaker, shake and then stir. Serve straight up in a chilled martini glass.