Cheers to a special someone who had a birthday earlier this week!
I was down in DC to celebrate over the weekend, and while the main event was a delicious steak dinner, we got the fun started with some specialty cocktails during happy hour. We both love gin, and armed with a bottle of Tanqueray (gifted from a good – and generous – friend) and a recipe on liquor.com, it was time to make Aviations. Wikipedia tells me that the Aviation was developed by a bartender at a hotel bar here in NYC over 100 years ago, and also that the creme de violette that gives the drink its blue tint is difficult to find and is thus often omitted. We also left out the creme de violette – because the bottle at the neighborhood liquor store was upwards of $30. We’d have to make Aviations, each with its own splash of creme de violette, for the next ten years before using it all up!
We did, however, invest in a bottle of maraschino liquor and will surely be able to find other recipes in which to incorporate that ingredient.
Making these without a lemon squeezer involved a whole lot of slicing, dicing, squeezing, and praying that you didn’t have any paper cuts.
The finished product was classy, indeed.
The first round was enjoyed outside with some snacks (we tried to be disciplined and not spoil our appetite for the steak to come).
The beauty of bartending at home was that there’s room for creativity. As-is, the Aviation was pretty strong for me, so my second cocktail was embellished with a drizzle of Polish raspberry sauce and ice cubes. I imagine you’ll be seeing the “Kendall Ann” on cocktail menus before too long, no?
The total cost of ingredients was about $35, but given that each drink used a mere two ounces of the liquor (and since the 750ml bottle = ~25 oz) I’d say the per drink cost was roughly $2.50. Appropriately frugal.