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Cocktail School Lesson 1: The Aviation

aviation with bottles

School is in.

Firstly, the Philosophy of it all.

There’s only a few kind of cocktails just as there’s only a few kinds of sauces in the world. Creme Anglaise, Bavarian Cream, Ice Cream are all essentially different end results of the same few ingredients (eggs, sugar and cream). The same thing for cocktails. For example, if you have Creme De Violette, Gin, Citrus Fruit and Maraschino you have all the ingredients necessary to cast an Aviation. But what happens when you start mixing and matching?

For the first lesson we’re going to take a look at one of my favorite cocktails, the Aviation. We’re going to look at four different ways this cocktail has been executed and modified to help you master the drink inside and outside.

Cocktail 1.1 // The Aviation (1917)

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MxMo LXXI: the Halja Cocktail

Firstly, you might be wondering about the theme and the name. The theme From Crass to Craft, put forth by Scott Diaz over at Shake, Strain and Sip challenges us thusly: “Create or find a drink that uses one or more ingredients that are not considered “craft” but are or can be used in a “craft” cocktail.”

Back to the name ‘Halja.’ Yes, it is the origin of the name “hell,” but let’s back up again.  Hel was a goddess in the Norse tradition and her name [as well as the word from which our ‘hell’ comes from, the Protogermanic word Halja] means “one who covers up or hides something.” 

This name seemed perfect for this. I’m hiding the fact that our main ingredient [a very specific kind of flavored vodka] is not really a craft ingredient by putting it in a drink where it not only shines- its most definitely the star- but its less desirable qualities are masked in beautiful fashion. Hence the name Halja, because frankly, I thought that it was going to require god-like capabilities to make the kind of drink I expect from top-end cocktail establishments with the kind of ingredient that rarely rises above the level of shots for college students who really haven’t acquired a taste for alcohol yet.

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Creme De Violette alternatives

Though Creme de Violette was not available on the market for the better part of the last hundred years, violet liqueurs are back in demand and there are a few options out there that get thrown around. Briefly, here’s an overview of the options out there, their flavors, their proofs and their availability.

Creme Yvette

28% / 56 proof. Liqueur. Tastes thicker and more herbal. Though it tastes strongly of violet, there’s a nutty herbal nuance, strong notes of vanilla. The violet tastes complex, as if it may not be strictly violet as much as an array of flowers.

Cost: ~$50 / 750 mL

 

 

Rothman and Winter

20% / 40 proof. This is the one that I primarily use in mixing drinks. Tastes thinner, it is a one note liqueur though. Strong violet note, sweet and almost cloying on its own. A huge reason why it can be preferable is that it is significantly cheaper than Creme Yvette, and every bit as good.

Cost: ~$22 / 750 mL

 

 

Parfait Amour

Although the color is right on and one of the botanicals in this liqueur is violet, Parfait D’Amour is not an acceptable substitute for the two listed above.

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the Aviation

The classic cocktail revival has brought with it several drinks from the dead. But this is one drink that couldn’t be brought back from the land of ghosts and smoke until Creme De Violette returned to the market. For this small mercy, the gin community thanks Rothmann and Winter.

The drink is a potent blend of gin, Creme De Violette, Maraschino, and lemon juice. Usually served martini style, shaken with ice and poured into a martini glass. The aviation’s beauty is its simplicity. A classic gin mixed with a couple strongly flavored liqueurs. It also has a wonderful purple/blue color if you use a clear gin. Though if beauty isn’t your goal, I’m going to make a couple of suggestions that will make you an ugly as sin, but delicious drink.

Recipe by Consensus In this case, I’m not going to rattle off a bunch of recipes, but tell you from experimentation what I think the perfect aviation is.

2 shots of good gin (this drink is nearly all gin, so I wouldn’t advise cheaping out here) 1/3 shot of Maraschino (you could do less if you dislike the strong flavor of it, but I think it adds balance) 1/3 shot of Creme De Violette.

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