Cocktail Hour(s)

At Curl Nation, we don’t limit ourselves to just one hour’s worth of cocktails.  Although we do try to limit ourselves to the afternoon hours, for appearance’s sake.

We’re on what Midnight Baker calls a curling binger.

Last night featured a kir made with homemade blueberry-rosemary syrup and champagne.  Also, we discovered the joys of of downloadable karoake.  It has truly transformed my life.

Tonight, we are featuring the Aviation cocktail.  This is an iconic drink made with creme de violette.  Curl Nation First Mate started talking about creme de violette a couple of weeks ago, and then all of the sudden, I started hearing about creme de violette everywhere.

For a long time, it wasn’t really available, but now, you can actually get it.  Lots of bartenders have been making the Aviation without the creme de violette, which is how I had it the first time.  And I didn’t like it.  I found it extremely tart (and not that interesting).  Oooh, but when you add a little purple liqueur, you get this transcendent lilac drink.  I found a bunch of different recipes online. We sampled, and of course, I think ours is the best.  Try it and confirm.

Aviation

4 parts Sapphire gin
1 part lemon juice
1 part creme de violette
1/2 part maraschino liqueur
 
Dump all ingredients into a shaker filled with ice.  Shake like hell for at least 20-30 seconds.  Strain into a cocktail glass.  Marvel at the wonder.  Drink and savor the deliciousness.  Be happy that such a drink exists for your pleasure.  Repeat as needed.

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