This Lilac Violet Wedding Cocktail is the perfect toasting bubbly for the newlyweds with refreshing floral spring notes, a zesty touch of lemon, all perfectly balanced with just a few tears of maple syrup. Cheers!
Happy Spring my Northern hemisphere friends! And boy is it about ever time with the winter we had. This month I get to combine two great groups for my recipe in one post: Food N’ Flix and the Canadian initiative Connecting Over Cocktails. This month’s movie pick is Runaway Bride for which I have concocted the ultimate wedding toast cocktail for the current in style wedding pallet, a Lilac Violet Wedding Cocktail.
Runaway Bride is a real hardcore chic flick from that era. The film was released in 1999. It’s so old you can see a) a cigarette machine in the bar, b) a typewriter!!!!!!!!!!!!!, and c) phones with cords!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Alas, I am really not a chick flick kinda a gal and I have never been a fan of this actor romantic combo: Julia Roberts and Richard Gere. Joan Cusack was my saving grace. The film was just not for me, even if is it a classic in its genre, I give it that.
In a nutshell, it is the story of Maggie, a woman who is very good at getting cold feet before a wedding, as in cold feet while walking down the aisle, turning around and making a run for it….4 times! Her behavior catches the attention of columnist Homer Eisenhower Graham who writes a nasty story and goes one step further to do ‘a follow-up’ on her next wedding. Well guess what? They end up falling in love. So does she actually marry him for real in the end? Watch the film to find out!
Food sightings in this movie
Town of Hale: home of the sweet peach, beer, cafe steaks chops bar, italian restaurant, martini, NYC, pretzel bowl, cat food, sandwich, man eater, falcon diner, bubble gum, wine, wedding cake, crab dinner, corn bread, tomatoes, sugar magnolia, rose tattoo, bakery, cinnamon buns, pumpkin, honey, luau, bread, bagels, scrambled eggs w/ salt pepper dill, peaches, magpie, Pepsi, utz cheese curls, coffee, pancakes and bacon, garden omelet white only, coffee, tea, corn fields, chips, scrambled, fiedand poached eggs, fortune cookie, grapes, Hawaiian cocktails, shrimp trout, oranges, bread, onions, champagne, ice cream cart, lilac brides maid dress, eggs benetict, toad in a hole, baguette.
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The Lilac Violet Wedding Cocktail
Well, the movie was a bit ahead of its time, or perhaps the style has already gone retro. But apparently the trendy wedding color scheme right now is lavender, purple and violet. In the last big wedding, the bridesmaids had pale lavender dresses.
And the cocktail theme is things spring related. I just so happen to have a liqueur called Crême of Violette made with violet flowers. And I had made my own lilac flower extract last year. Both are late spring blooms. I simply added a touch to a little bubbly, the ‘must’ toast making drink of weddings, and balanced it out with a touch of lemon juice and maple syrup. The Lilac Violet Wedding Cocktail is born.
You think this Lilac Violet Wedding Cocktail is out of the ordinary? Well, I have a few unusual wedding related recipes on my blog already so why not one more.
- First one is from the movie Bridesmaids where I did one giant wedding dress chocolate chip cookie all decorated like the white dress with fondant.
- I have a lovely blackberry galette with a sweet red wine sauce inspired by the infamous Red Wedding episode from the show Game of Thrones.
- And finally, I created a recipe for my friend Gigi East Celebrities as a wedding gift. Like she has crazy allergies and she missed cinnamon buns so I made an allergy-free glazed cinnamon bun for her (she even recreated the recipe here in her own kitchen).
The Lilac Violet Wedding Cocktail
- 1/2 ounce crème de violette
- 1/8 oz lemon juice
- 1/8 oz maple syrup
- a few drops of lilac extract optional
- a dab of red food coloring from a finger optional
- bubbly of your choice
- Mix the crème de violette, lemon juice, maple syrup and lilac extract together.
- Add a mini touch of red food coloring until you get the violet shade you like. (you can test by pour a little of the mix in a very small glass of water).
- Pour mix in a champagne flute. Top off with your bubbly.
yes you read that right, I had to add a touch of red food dye. Even if the violet liquor looks like a deep purple in the bottle, when you pour it the liquid comes out a deep dark blue. Got figure!
A Mariage of Challenges
Food ‘n Flix is hosted this month by Ali at Fix Me A Little Lunch! In this monthly group, a host picks a movie of their choice that pertains to food. Everyone watches the movie and then makes a recipe which the film inspired. It can be any recipe you want. Join us!
And I am also submitting my drink for the Connecting Over Cocktails collaboration with the theme of Spring Equinox, herbs, flowers, and refreshing ingredients. Check out all the Spring cocktails from my fellow Canadian Food Bloggers:
- Grapefruit Lavender Spring Blossom Cocktail by Jess
- The Mastical Maia a Springtime Elixir by Bernice
- Spiked Strawberry Lemonade Fizz by Dana
- Spring Equinox Kiwi Elderflower Smash by Justine
See more film inspired cocktails and beverages:
What a fantastic colour, I bet it tastes so good.
Thank you Caroline, and yes so good 😀
I’ve seen the movie! This cocktail has such an amazing color!
Thank Katerina it tasted good too. Did you like the movie?
This cocktail is such a beautiful color and I must admit I’m dying to know what it tastes like, I will be trying this for sure.
Thank you Kelly and the floral taste is subtle, not overpowering 🙂
Gorgeous bubbly drinks! And so perfect for a (very silly) bride!
Thank you Amy and cheers for the last comment lol.
What a stunning color! I’m not sure I could convince Jake to drink it as he’s kind of a stuck in the mud when it comes to any floral flavors. Maybe that means: more for me!
LOL more fun to you or it is really very subtle so he may not notice. But yeah more for you! Thanks Camilla!
That colour is simply gorgeous
Thank you so much Sally!
This looks perfect! I shoot a lot of weddings, and I noticed specialty cocktails are getting more and more popular! <3 – http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com
True you can confirm the trend 🙂
Gorgeous cocktail! I love the colour – so bright and beautiful! Loving the inspiration behind this recipe, plus I really love the move Runaway Bride! So glad you could join us for Connecting Over Cocktails, cheers to the Spring edition!
Thank you so much Jessica and happy spring…if it arrives lol
This cocktail is GORGE. That violet hue is insane, girl. I need to hunt down some Creme de Violette stat. I’ve never had it, and truthfully, never heard of it until talks of this collaboration started.
Thanks so much Dana. Got to use a touch of red coloring to get the color as I wrote, weird how a purple liqueur turns blue when poured lol. Well I got it in NH so you will have better luck finding it in the US where you are, not sure it is in Canada even.
I love that you could continue with your wedding themed posts for the cocktail collaboration Evelyne! My sister is getting married this fall and I’ll have to let her know violet is the newest colour trend, though she’s partial to orange.
I’ve made lilac syrup before as well, I must remember to make more this year (I have to borrow the flowers from my neighbour) so I can give this a try. Creme de violette has me curious as well!
Thanks for joining us!
Thank you so much Bernice! And yes tell your sister although I guess it is her choice in the ned lol. But orange and purple can be nice. How funny we both worked with fresh lilacs.
Very interesting color! This would match up really well with any ube desserts in the Philippines like ube cake https://www.angsarap.net/2012/03/22/ube-macapuno-cake/
Oh you are right Raymund, it would be a great match with any ube dessert!
This color is beautiful and I would really love to have a mocktail of that. I loved that movie so much when it was in theater AGES ago :). Seems that I am seriously getting old :(.
Aren,t we all lol but we are only an old as we feel. I think club soda is the way to go to mocktail it 🙂
Oh, my! That drink looks absolutely gorgeous!
I don’t drink, but I’d love to try this out in a mocktail! 🙂
Thank you so much! I think club soda is the way to go to mocktail it 🙂
What a fun post! I loved learning more about your inspiration behind the recipe, Evelyne. You did a beautiful job with this — from the mixology to the photography. Cheers to a fun collaboration, I’m so happy you joined us!
A big thank you, Justine, for you lovely compliments 🙂 So glad I could finally join, what a great goup!
I adore violet flavour so this is definitely a cocktail from me, how fun to create a drink inspired by a favourite film. The colour is gorgeous, though I’m happiest that the flavour is also so lovely.
Thank you Kavita, I was very happy indeed with both the visual and palate results 😀
I will NEVER forget when you created that recipe for me for my wedding gift!! It was the sweetest thing (ah, love that movie just as much as runaway bride, LOL)… And it was THE SWEETEST too when my friend Abby and I made it!!! THANK YOU for helping me relive the day of cinnamon buns!!
Oh and would you LOOK AT THAT! It’s FRIDAY, which means, it’s movie night…. And I really honest to god want to watch RUNAWAY BRIDE NOW! hahahahaha! THANKS! I am sure Landon will be THANKING YOU LATER too! LOL!
It was my pleasure to do that for you and a fun challenge lol (you food freak). HHHHUUUGGGSSSSSS!!!!!!!! Oh boy, if I were you I would just prepare a bottle sized version of this cocktail for Landon tonight while you watch the movie lol.
Well well well, looks like Landon is going out with one of his guy friends tonight – SOOOOOOO YES!!!!!! I get to watch whatever I WANT!
I love this drink. Lavender (as a wedding color) is soooo retro. Funny that it’s back in vogue.
Thanks Debra and yeah if we find a new fashion retro…means we are old(er) lol!
Good movie, an oldie but goodie! And the cocktail is gorgeous, love the color of it! I will be looking for crème de violette, thanks for sharing!
Thanks Pam and good luck finding the crème de violette, a very unique liqueur to have.
I didn’t know that lavender, purple, and violet are the color scheme for weddings now. Well, images of Runaway Bride are an inspiration for and your Creme de Violette makes for a cocktail that goes with this trend!
Yes, so trendy but no wedding in sight in my future lol.
I remember watching the film as an inflight movie. It’s not bad when you don’t want to have to concentrate!
The cocktail meanwhile, looks like a fine affair! Yes please – mines with Pol Roger
Oh I like your description of the movie lol. I,ll send a glass along to you 😉
I’ve never heard of crème de violette, but I definitely have heard of The Runaway Bride! LOVE that movie. And I’m sure I’d love the Lilac Violet Wedding Cocktail as well! 🙂
Crème de violette is not easy to find but quite a discovery. Cheers tot eh movie nad drink 🙂
Hehe it’s funny what we notice in movies! I remember a friend of mine said that he didn’t have a landline phone, just a cell phone and I thought that was revolutionary! I love violet flavoured foods and they’re so pretty too 😀
Oh yes, I remember the days where I had both cell and landline, took a while to cut the line cord lol. A violet Cheers! to you Lorraine 🙂
My Goddaughter is getting married next year, I will make sure she sees this recipe. It’s so pretty and looks refreshingly delicious!
Oh I hope she likes it Brenda. But do warn her you have to make tests before to figure out just how much red coloring to put in or it will just go deep red. A dropper glass is too much.
Wow, what a striking colour for a cocktail. If it tastes as great as it looks it will certainly be a winner. It would certainly make an impression on tables at a wedding
The added notes are subtle to the bubbly but there. And yeah LOVE the color too 🙂
I wish I’d known about this for my daughters purple toned wedding!
No way, did she get married recently or has the purple fashion been around for a while for weddings?
I enjoyed that movie, “The Runaway Bride”! What a fun blast from the past… And while I do not drink cocktails, I do love that beautiful lilac color — glad you figured out it needed a little red to get the perfect hue.
Thank you for your comment Tami and glad you liked the movie. It really was a trip back in time seeing it again 🙂
Love crème de violette! In fact I think I have two different brands on hand right now — for testing purposes, you know. 🙂 Anyway, gorgeous looking drink. And thanks for the recap of the movie — not for me! Good to know that. 🙂
John you were the one to introduce me to crème de violette 🙂 Yes probably not for you the movie but cheers to the drink!
I don’t drink cocktail, but this one looks so lovely that I want to try too. Gorgeous sexy lilac colour!
Thanks Angie – and I’ll have your glass lol.