Created by the head bartender at the Hotel Wallick, by head bartender Hugo Ensslin in New York reportedly in 1911. The cocktail was was first published in 1916, in Ensslin's book "Recipe for Mixed Drinks"
"I only drink before and after dinner"
The drink has never been held in high fashionable as teem, this is largely blamed on the loss of creme de violette which meant the cocktail became a very acquired taste. it was only in 2007 creme de violette resurfaced in the US after it was lost completely during the 1960's.