Yale Cocktail – Classic late 1800s Recipe

Yale Cocktail
Yale Cocktail

This drink dates back to the late 1800s and there are a few versions of this cocktail. Many specify the use of Crème Yvette or blue orange liqueur. The problem with Crème Yvette is it’s red not blue. So that doesn’t work. Although it’s understandable people would use Crème Yvette as it is similar-ish in taste to Creme de Violette but it looks completely different. Second from everything I have been able to find it looks like blue orange liqueur was a later substitute for Creme de Violette, as Creme de Violette was not sold in the United States from 1919 to 2007 and they both share a blue color. As far as taste goes think of this as a Dry Martini with a blue liqueur added to give it the schools color and add a little sweetness.

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Yale Cocktail – Classic late 1800s Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Course: DrinksCuisine: American
Servings

1

servings
Calories

300

kcal
ABV

30%

Total time

3

minutes

Learn how to make a classic Yale cocktail named after the Ivy League School and sporting the universities iconic blue color.

Ingredients

  • 2 dashes Orange Bitters

  • 1/2 oz Creme de Violette

  • 1 oz Dry Vermouth

  • 2 oz Dry Gin

Directions

  • Add Ice To Mixing Glass and combine all ingredients in the mixing glass.
  • Stir the ingredients for 20 – 30 seconds to properly chill and dilute the drink. 
  • Strain into glass and garnish with a lemon peel

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