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The Violet Sky 12 Months of Cocktails at AKB Austin

The Inspiration
Austin's violet crown

Sunsets evoke all sorts of warm, fuzzy feelings no matter where in the world they’re witnessed. But in Austin, by all accounts, they’re gloriously stunning — awash in lavender with touches of pinks and strokes of oranges that stop time, if only for a moment. Archer’s tribute to this nightly natural display known as the Violet Crown? The Violet Sky, a picturesque cocktail on the inventive beverage menu at AKB in Austin.
Austin's colorful close of day — "Austin" by Kenneth Hagemeyer is licensed under CC BY-ND 4.0

The Recipe

A joint effort by AKB Austin’s barkeeps, the Violet Sky cocktail mimics Austin’s colorful sunsets.

It’s an inviting concoction of house-infused butterfly blue gin, bittersweet Aperol, sparkling water, citrus syrup and a topper of sliced lemon (aka the setting sun).

Ingredients

  • 3/4 ounce citrus syrup
  • Crushed ice
  • 3/4 ounce lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce Aperol
  • 1 1/2 ounces blue gin
  • 1 ounce sparkling water
  • Orange slice

Directions

To a Collins glass, add citrus syrup, then fill the glass with crushed ice. In order, add lemon juice, Aperol and blue gin. Top with sparkling water and more ice, if necessary. Place the orange slice on top (like the setting sun).

Cheers!
Thirsty for more? Join us all year long for 12 Months of Cocktails. Raise a glass to creative spirits with stories — every month of 2023, we’ll highlight a signature cocktail at one of Archer’s boutique hotels.

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