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The Violet Hour’s Juliet & Romeo Cocktail

violet hour juliet & romeo

An enduring Windy City classic with cucumber, mint, rose water and gin.

Toby Maloney calls this Juliet & Romeo cocktail, a Violet Hour classic, “a gin cocktail for people who think they don’t like gin cocktails.” It’s been a best-seller at the bar since it first opened in 2007.


  • 2 oz. London Dry gin
  • 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz. simple syrup (1:1)
  • 4 drops rose water
  • 3 drops Angostura bitters
  • 3 slices cucumber
  • 1 mint sprig
  • Tiny pinch of salt
  • Tools:muddler, shaker, strainer
  • Glass:coupe
  • Garnish:mint sprig


Muddle the cucumber and pinch of salt. Add the mint, lime, syrup, and 3 drops of rose water. Shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled coupe, then garnish with a mint leaf. Put 1 more drop of rose water on the mint leaf and place 3 drops of Angostura bitters around the leaf.

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