Is It Possible to Make Homemade Creme de Violette?

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Q: Somehow due to this year's spring weather I have been coming across copious amounts of violets.

I was wondering if you could recommend any DIY créme de violette recipes?

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Editor: Violette, this depends on where you live. Unlike French violets, American violets are unfortunately odorless and therefore useless for edible purposes. (They make lovely albeit short-lived nosegays, though.) You can see a little more about this in this post:

Can I Use American Violets in Cooking?

Readers, have you ever cooked with violets? And do you have any favorite cocktail or dessert recipes that involve creme de violette?


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