A pre-Prohibition gin drink reclaimed by gin-mad bartenders in the early years of the renaissance, and an early calling-card cocktail for the in-the-know crowd. Its supporters love it madly. Its detractors claim its pivotal ingredient—crème de violette—causes it to taste of hand soap.
Combine all the ingredients in cocktail shaker three-quarters filled with ice. Shake until chilled. Strain into a coupe glass.
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Reprinted with permission from A Proper Drink, © 2016 by Robert Simonson. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.