Briottet Liqueur de Violette is a violet liqueur from Dijon, France and is the essential ingredient for the Aviation Cocktail. It is a very pretty violet colour.
Maison Briottet is a family business, founded in 1836. Originally, the family were primarily negociants of Burgundy wine, involved with ageing, blending, bottling and selling the wines. Following the development of the blanc cassis aperitif (white wine with Crème de Cassis), the company progressively focused its activities on producing fruit crèmes, liquors, brandies and marcs de Bourgogne. The current managing director, Gérard Briottet, represents the fourth generation, and maintains the tradition started by his great grandfather, Edmond Briottet. Maison Briottet maintains a very high level of quality. It is the selection of the ripest fruit from the most suitable cultivars that provides for the finest flavours; therefore contracting the right growers to produce the correct fruit is the first step on the ladder. Subsequently, properly observed maceration with very pure neutral alcohol, and blending with the correct proportion of sugars to achieve the balance between fruit flavour, sweetness, acidity and alcohol create these excellent crèmes and liqueurs.
The violet is one of the first flowers to herald the Spring and is common throughout temperate Europe, Briottet Liqueur de Violette is made by macerating fresh violet flowers in pure alcohol prior to sweetening to make this superb violet liqueur.