- Sep 24, 2014
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Haven't tried the Rothman and Winter, but both Giffard and Bitter Truth definitely have a nice flavor to them. Both are different, I think the Giffard is sweeter and more violette-y if that's a thing, while the Bitter Truth tastes more herbal/vegetal, like there are other things going on. I think the Bitter Truth is higher proof too and it's got more of a blue color to it.I've had the same bottle of Rothman and Winter creme de violette forever. It certainly adds a dramatic touch to Aviations but it barely tastes like anything.
Does the Bitter Truth version actually bring a distinct flavor to the drink?
What recipe do you use? I do 2 oz gin, 0.5 oz maraschino liqueur, 0.5 oz creme de violette and 0.75 oz lemon or lime juice (I kind of prefer the lime). I've seen it at 0.25 for creme de violette which I don't think is enough, which could also be some of your issue. Also I hope you're not using a juniper-y gin but a herbal-y gin. I think the juniper would not go very well.