You know how that old poem says that "Roses are red, violets are blue"?
Violets are traditionally a romantic flower, particularly associated with lesbians. Mostly because Sappho wrote about them in poems about her lost love, with lines like "Close by my side you put around yourself [many wreaths] of violets and roses."
More generally, the Ancient Greeks considered violets a symbol of love, and used to use them to make love potions.
Sappho's poetry was really... just gosh. It's a pity the whole poem apparently hasn't survived intact, but this part of it goes:
“Close by my side you put around yourself
[many wreaths] of violets and roses...
And many woven garlands
made from flowers
around your tender neck...
And on a soft bed
you satisfied your desire...”
Another fork of this thread has people talking about a cocktail called an aviation which uses gin. 🙂 Rum though... that's an interesting idea.
Recently, I've become quite enamoured with the flavour of violets. I tried some of this liqueur around Xmas time, and it's... a difficult flavour to describe!
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