Monday, December 12, 2011
Essential Cocktails: The (Tweaked) Aviation
Josh and I are returning to this abandoned blog to post, among other San Francisco and home adventures, a series about what we consider our essential cocktails—tried-and-true favorite drinks that you can make at home with affordable ingredients.
So when Josh asked for something refreshing this evening, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to kick this thing off and turned right to the Aviation.
The problem? Well, I started to tweak it.
The modern classic version typically calls for four ingredients: gin, maraschino liquer, lemon, and creme de violette (a fragrant purple liquer that indeed tastes like the delicate flower).
Though I had planned to follow the classic recipe, as I built the cocktail in the shaker, I started to recall my typical experience with Aviations—that is, they just taste too sour.
And thus I found my hands deviating from the typical order of things. We ended up with the following:
2 oz of gin (typically, I would use 1.5 oz, but my citrus today was particularly sour. I compensated with more base spirit)
.5 oz lemon
.5 oz Demerara simple syrup (1:1)
.25 oz Luxardo maraschino liquer
1 dash Angostura bitters
Rinse: R&W Creme de Violette
Shaken and poured up in a coup glass.
I was actually pleasantly surprised that adding simple syrup compensated for the tartness I've tasted before, and the ango gave a nice balance—a particularly helpful complement to the Creme de Violette which can be too fragrant and overpowering.
Has anyone else tweaked the Avaiation in a similar fashion?