The wife and I are now fans of cocktails circa late 1800s and early 1900s cocktails. For this one we use Beefeater gin and Rothman & Winter Creme de Violette. It's a beautiful drink in appearance.

1 1/2 oz. Gin

3/4 oz. dry vermouth

1/4 oz. Creme de Violette

2 dashes Absinthe

2 dashes Orange bitters

You can leave out the Absinthe and still enjoy.

Combine ingredients into a mixing glass and stirl with ice for about 20 seconds, strain into a chilled cocktail glass.

Here is cocktail aficionado Robert Hess demonstrating the newer version of the original recipe as above:

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