How to Make a Juliet and Romeo

mixology, cocktailsThe Violet Hour | 1520 N Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60622

Leave your baseball cap and cell phone at home when you head out for a night at The Violet Hour. Nominated for the James Beard Foundation’s coveted Outstanding Bar Program award in 2013, 2014 and named as a semi-finalist in 2012—The Violet Hour is one of the classiest mixology bars in the city of Chicago. In addition to private party rentals that can accommodate anywhere from 5 to 150 guests, The Violet Hour also offers offsite cocktail catering to provide master mixology at your next wedding, holiday party or company event.

The Juliet and Romeo

One of the featured drinks at The Violet Hour is their twist on a classic love story. It all started years ago when Violet Hour partner and head mixologist Tobey Maloney was desperately trying to win someone over. By combining gin with mint, cucumber, rosewater, angostura bitters and a pinch of salt—Maloney concocted an instant classic that has stayed on the Violet Hour’s menu since its debut in 2007.


  1. 2 oz Beefeater Gin
  2. .75 oz Fresh lime juice
  3. .75 oz Simple syrup
  4. 3 Drops rose water
  5. 3 Drops Angostura Bitters
  6. 3 Slices cucumber
  7. 1 Sprig mint
  8. Tiny pinch of salt

Glass Type:  Champagne Coupe

Ice:  None

Garnish:  Mint Leaf, 3 Drops Angostura Bitters, 1 Drop Bitters

How To:

Start with a cocktail shaker. Inside of it, muddle the cucumber with a pinch of salt and then add the remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously until fully mixed. Next, strain the mixture into a champagne coupe glass and garnish with a floating mint leaf. Add the finishing touch by placing 1 drop of rose water on top of the mint leaf and 3 additional drops of Angostura around the mint leaf.