Cocktail

Long Island Iced Tea

Long Island Iced Tea! Served in a pitcher, this is the ultimate party cocktail. Made with tequila, rum, vodka, gin, and triple sec. It packs a punch!

Ready in:

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 to 12 cocktails

Let’s clarify one thing I wish I had known when I was younger: there is no iced tea anywhere in the Long Island Iced Tea. It is simply the color of iced tea.

This is critical knowledge to have if you plan to drink one. Or three. Because not knowing this will get you in a whole heap of trouble.

The Long Island Iced Tea is a curious cocktail. Theoretically, it shouldn’t taste all that good considering how many different liquors are being mixed together.

Yet, it works!

The triple sec (an orange-flavored liqueur), lemon juice, and cola bind everything just perfectly.

This cocktail is an easy one to throw together in a big pitcher for a party. I wait until just before the guests arrive, then mix everything together in a bowl with ice. Strain it into a pitcher and serve!

The step of mixing with the ice helps to quickly chill the drink and adds just the right amount of dilution to the finished cocktail.

You can buy prepared simple syrup for this recipe, or make it yourself!

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup tequila blanco (silver, blanco, or white)
  • 1/2 cup white rum
  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1/2 cup gin
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups cola soda
  • Halved lemon slices for garnish

Method

1 Mix and chill: Fill a large bowl with ice. Add the tequila, rum, vodka, gin, triple sec, lemon juice, and simple syrup and stir until the mixture is well-chilled.

2 Strain the mixture into a pitcher and add the cola. Finish with a quick, short stir.

3 Serve: Pour individual drinks into highball or hurricane glasses filled with ice. Garnish with lemon wedges. Feel free to top off with a splash of cola, if desired. Serve.

Variations:

Texas Tea: Add 1/2 cup of your favorite bourbon whiskey to the recipe. (Strangely, one would think this would make it a Kentucky Tea?) Best sipped outside while doing absolutely nothing.

Long Beach Tea: Substitute cranberry juice for the cola for a fruitier and more intensely tart version of this cocktail. A novel option for backyard cookouts.

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Sparkling Strawberry Sangria

Need something refreshing that can be boozy or nonalcoholic? Fresh strawberry puree meets a basil simple syrup—and some fizz—in this sparkling spin on sangria.

Ready in:

  • Prep time: 20 minutes
  • Macerating time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 10

Like moths to a flame, we are drawn outside the moment the early spring chill leaves our bones and the sun has officially, and finally, warmed us all the way through. Dinner parties, family get-togethers, and long evenings watching fireflies ensue.

EASY ENTERTAINING WITH PITCHER DRINKS

I’m usually the host of our warm weather escapades. As such, I’ve figured out a few ways to make sure everyone is taken care of—and I have time to relax and enjoy the party.

Large plates of food that taste great at room temperature and serving drinks by the pitcher are a couple of ways I free up my time—they are hands off.

To be fair, this is not traditional sangria, but it speaks to feeling you get when drinking it, and it shares the basic components of the cocktail—wine, liquor, and fruit. Though it won’t feel exactly like sipping sangria in Spain while overlooking an olive grove, you can still take a mental vacation to a breezy place where daydreaming is welcomed and good friends are soon to arrive.

BOOZY OR KID-FRIENDLY: YOUR CHOICE!

I like to make one drink that can double as a boozy cocktail and a non-alcoholic mocktail, for those who choose not to drink. That way everyone has something special to drink, but I’m not spending all night in the kitchen.

The base components of this strawberry sangria are a lemon basil simple syrup and strawberry puree. Too make it boozy, I add elderflower liquor, such as St. Germain, and prosecco. To make it booze-free, I switch out the elderflower liquor for elderflower syrup, and the wine with club soda. Either way, it tastes delicious and all of my guests feel welcome.

SCALE YOUR SANGRIA UP OR DOWN

Both the simple syrup and the strawberry puree can easily be doubled, or halved, depending on your needs.

The puree can be made a day ahead of time, and the simple syrup up to a week. Store both in the fridge until ready to make your sangria.

WHERE TO FIND INGREDIENTS

Use ripe, in-season strawberries for the best strawberry flavor. Elderflower liqueur, a deeply aromatic, floral, and sweet-tasting liqueur made with the flowers of an Elderberry plant, is available at most liquor stores. St. Germain is a widely available brand.

Now all that’s left to do is invite your favorite people over, fill an ice bucket, make a couple of pitchers of drinks, and enjoy the company.

MORE SUMMER-READY COCKTAILS

  • Mixed Berry Red Wine Sangria
  • Long Island Iced Tea
  • Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri
  • Classic Margarita
  • Mint and Lime Mojito

Warm weather is meant for friends, family and hours lingering outside with a fresh drink in hand. This light, slightly sweet, strawberry cocktail is easily made with or without booze, and intended to serve a crowd. Just place the pitcher on the table next to a glistening ice bucket, and a tray full of rocks glasses.

To make this drink alcohol-free, replace the elderflower liqueur with elderflower simple syrup, and replace the Prosecco with club soda. Elderflower simple syrup can be found at specialty stores, Ikea, or online.

Ingredients

  • 1 lemon
  • 2 pounds strawberries, divided
  • 3/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup packed basil (about 10 large leaves) + more for garnish
  • 2 bottles of Prosecco or sparkling wine, chilled
  • 1 1/2 cups elderflower liqueur, such as St. Germain
  • Club soda (optional)

Special equipment:

  • A large pitcher

Method

1 Zest the lemon: Use a vegetable peeler to remove strips of lemon skin from the lemon. Don’t dig in too deeply. You only want the yellow outer portion of the skin, leaving most of the white pith on the lemon.

Juice the lemons and measure out 2 tablespoons of juice (save the remaining juice for another use). Set zest aside to make the simple syrup.

2 Prep and macerate the strawberries: Slice half of the strawberries (1 pound) into quarters and toss them with 1/2 cup of sugar and 2 tablespoons of the lemon juice in a medium sized bowl.

Set aside on the counter and let macerate for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours while you make the Basil Simple Syrup.

3 Make the basil simple syrup: Combine 1/4 cup of water and 1/4 cup of the sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Wait until the sugar is fully dissolved, about 3 to 5 minutes, then remove from heat and add the 1/4 cup of basil. Smash the basil a bit in the pan with a muddler or a potato masher. Add the strips of lemon zest.

Set the simple syrup aside and let it cool to room temperature—about 20 to 30 minutes. The longer you let the herbs and lemon steep the more prominent those flavors will become in the syrup.

Strain the syrup. Toss the basil. Save the lemon zest strips. (This simple syrup can be kept refrigerated for up to a week.)

4 Puree the strawberries: Transfer the macerated strawberries and all their juices to a blender or food processor. Puree, then strain the puree. (This puree can be refrigerated for up to a day.

5 Make the sangria: From the remaining strawberries, reserve 10 of the smaller strawberries for garnish (slice in half if they seem too large). Hull and slice the remainder.

In a large pitcher, combine the strawberry puree, basil lemon syrup, and elderflower liqueur. Stir to combine. Add two bottles of Prosecco, the sliced strawberries, fresh basil leaves, and the lemon peels from the simple syrup. Stir again.

6 Serve and Garnish: Pour the sangria into glasses filled with ice, and top with one fresh basil leaf.

For the strawberry garnish, make a small cut down the center of a small strawberry, leaving the stem intact at the top. Slip the strawberry onto the rim of your glass.

Serve as is, or top with club soda to soften the sweetness of the drink or dilute the alcohol content.

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Watermelon Pitcher Margaritas

Watermelon is so refreshing when it’s hot, but making margaritas out of it (enough for a crowd!) changes the drink entirely. Watermelon adds fruity sweetness and gives you another excuse for buying an entire watermelon.

Ready in:

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 5 to 6 cocktails

When it comes to cocktails, the situation dictates the drink. If you’re having a swanky steak dinner, then that’s a martini sort of meal.

Headed to a picnic and Shakespeare in the Park? That begs for the boozy Pomegranate Paloma, swigged from a flask. (Assuming you’re seeing a comedy. If it’s a tragedy, go with something bitter, such as a Dark and Stormy.)

But if the weather is sporting triple digits and I’m floating on a raft in the pool, then it’s time to go for something juicier and far more thirst quenching. Enter the watermelon margarita.

For the most part, this is a classic margarita with a skosh more tequila and a lot of fresh watermelon. The resulting cocktail is fruiter than the original and its strength will sneak up on you, but in this case I’ll call that a good thing.

  • Want to know the best tequila to buy? Check out our Tequila Guide!

This is also a margarita that I encourage you to have with salt, even if you normally don’t care for it. It adds a necessary bit of balance to all the sweetness.

MORE SUMMERY COCKTAILS!

  • Classic Margarita
  • Blueberry Pitcher Margaritas
  • Frozen Strawberry Daiquri
  • Mixed Berry Sangria
  • Mint and Lime Mojito

Buy tequila that has been aged for two months and is marked “100% de agave.” Tequilas that aren’t labeled with this are usually cut with fermented cane juice, resulting in a lower quality tequila. (Check out our Tequila Guide for more info.)

VARIATIONS:

  • Swap out tequila for mezcal, tequila’s smokier, wilder cousin.
  • For a frosty, thicker treat, freeze the watermelon before throwing it in the blender and skip the strainer.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups tequila blanco (also called plato or silver tequila)
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec or Cointreau
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 4 cups chopped seedless watermelon
  • Simple syrup or agave nectar, if needed to sweeten
  • Kosher or other high quality salt, for garnish
  • Lime wedges, for garnish

Method

1 Blend the ingredients: Place tequila, orange liqueur, lime juice, and seedless watermelon in a blender and give ’em a good whirl. (You may have to do it in two batches depending on the size of your blender.)

Note: If you happen have a juicer, simply juice the watermelon and stir it with the other ingredients in a pitcher.

2 Strain out the watermelon solids: Pour the ingredients through a fine mesh strainer into a pitcher, pressing the solids to get as much liquid out as you can.

3 Prep the glasses: Assuming you imbibe with flair, take a small plate or bowl and fill it with the salt. Next, rub the rim of a cocktail or coupe glass (or a canning jar) with a wedge of a wedge of lime. Dip the glass into the salt and give it a small turn or two.

4 Serve and garnish: Pour the cocktail into the prepared glasses and garnish with a lime wedge.

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Pineapple Jalapeño Pitcher Margaritas

These Pineapple Jalapeño Pitcher Margaritas infuse good-quality tequila with spicy jalapeño. Mix with pineapple juice for a margarita that balances sweetness and heat!

Ready in:

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 6 to 8 cocktails

When was the last time you went a bit outside your culinary comfort zone?

I recently ventured into the world of spicy cocktails with this Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita. Most of my experiences with spicy cocktails in the past weren’t positive ones, as I find that spicy cocktails usually turn out a little too spicy. What I want (and rarely seem to get) is something balanced; not something that’s so hot from spice that it annihilates all the other flavors in the drink.

A Classic Margarita with a Spicy Twist

This margarita, made for me by a friend, was her attempt to get me to change my mind. And—shocker—it worked! The sweetness of the pineapple tempers the tingle of the jalapeño.

And the rim of the glass? Lined with salt and Tajín, a widely available Mexican seasoning made of salt, chili, and dehydrated lime. You can often find it in the spice aisle or the ethnic/Mexican food aisle of your local supermarket.

Pro tip! In Mexico, you’ll often see it sprinkled over fresh fruit such as cantaloupe or mango. I highly recommend giving it a try for your next brunch or cookout.

Use Añejo or Reposado Tequila for Smooth Flavor

Lastly, this margarita uses barrel-aged tequila such as añejo or reposado (the golden-colored tequilas) to give it a toasty flavor. These are tequilas that have been aged in wooden containers. Aged tequilas are generally smoother and have flavors of vanilla, spice, caramel, and butter that pair well with pineapple.

  • Want to learn more about tequila? Check out our comprehensive Tequila Guide!

For your next Taco Tuesday, try giving this cocktail a go. It’s a perfect blend of sweet and spicy that’ll turn anyone with even the slightest fear of heat into a fan.

Try These Variations!

  • Grilled Pineapple Jalapeño Margarita: Grill a few wedges of pineapple and a jalapeño or two until they have a nice char. Muddle them with the tequila and follow the rest of the directions below. The result is smoky and delectable.
  • Cilantro Jalapeño Pineapple Margarita: Muddling a few tablespoons of fresh cilantro adds a lovely herbal flavor to the drink.

MORE SUMMERY COCKTAILS

  • Classic Margarita
  • Blueberry Pitcher Margaritas
  • Watermelon Pitcher Margaritas
  • Mixed Berry Sangria
  • Mint and Lime Mojito

Buy tequila that has been aged for at least two months is marked “100% de agave.” Tequilas that aren’t are often mixed with fermented cane juice and result in an overly sweet, lesser quality tequila with way more burn on the way down.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Kosher or other high-quality salt, for garnish (optional)
  • 3 teaspoons Tajín seasoning, for garnish (optional)
  • Fresh lime wedges, for rimming the glasses and garnish
  • 1 jalapeño, sliced into rounds (use more or less, depending on how spicy you prefer it)
  • 1 1/4 cups aged tequila, such as reposado or añejo
  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur, such as Triple Sec
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • Extra jalapeño slice, pineapple wedges, and lime wedges for garnish

Method

1 Prep the glasses: Combine the salt and Tajín in a small bowl or plate. Next, take a glass (a cocktail or coupe glass will do, though a canning jar is just as easy) and rub the rim of it with a wedge of lime. Dip the glass into the salt and give it a small turn or two to coat the rim.

2 Infuse the tequila: Place the jalapeño and 3 tablespoons of the tequila into a pitcher. Using a muddler (or a wooden spoon, or potato masher), muddle together the tequila and the jalapeño for about 10 to 15 seconds. This will infuse some of the tequila with the heat and flavor of the chili pepper.

If you want the heat to be stronger, continue to muddle and taste the tequila as you go. The more your bruise the chili pepper, the more spicy flavor will work its way into the cocktail.

3 Make the cocktail: Add the remaining tequila, pineapple juice, orange liqueur, and lime juice and stir together. Stir together and pour into the prepared glasses straight or over ice.

This can be made a few hours ahead, but not too much longer as citrus juice has a tendency to become a bit bitter after extended contact with air.

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Classic Vodka Martini

Do you know how to make a Classic Vodka Martini? Here’s a clue: it takes just three ingredients—vodka, vermouth, and lemon peel—and you should definitely NOT shake it.

Ready in:

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink

Drinking a martini feels like a very grown-up thing to do: sophisticated, classy, in-the-know.

While we can’t promise you’ll feel all those things every time you drink one, you’ll definitely feel something after having one or two, because a martini has a ton of alcohol in it. You’ve been warned!

THE PROPER WAY TO MAKE A MARTINI

Sorry, James Bond. “Shaken, not stirred” is not the proper way to make a martini. The proper way to make a martini is to stir it, and definitely not shake it.

Drinks that have juice in them, like lemon or lime, are meant to be shaken to thoroughly mix the ingredients. But a cocktail without any citrus, like a martini, which contains just two ingredients—vodka and vermouth—doesn’t require shaking.

In fact, the shaking makes the drink look cloudy and less visually appealing. A martini, then: always stirred, never shaken.

WHICH VODKA TO USE FOR A MARTINI

This is a very spirit-forward drink. You’ll definitely be tasting the alcohol, so it’s a good time to use a high-quality vodka. I like Ketel One, but any vodka you prefer will work.

A BIT ABOUT VERMOUTH

Vermouth is a fortified wine that’s been flavored with herbs and botanicals. (Try it on its own—it’s quite tasty!) Vermouth comes in a few different varieties, but the most common ones you’ll encounter are sweet (Italian) and dry (French).

For a martini, you’ll want a dry vermouth, which adds some herbal nuance to the smoothness of vodka. I recommend Dolin or Noilly Prat’s dry vermouth.

If you’re looking for a sweeter, gentler drink, try a blanc vermouth, like Dolin Blanc, which combines the sweetness of a red vermouth with the dryness of a white one.

THE BEST VODKA-TO-VERMOUTH RATIO

Vermouth has its own martini controversy, namely: how much should you add?

Opinions vary. Some say to mix 4 parts vodka with 1 part vermouth; others recommend just rinsing the glass with vermouth before pouring in the vodka, and some drinkers forgo the vermouth altogether! (That last one is not really a cocktail so much as a chilled glass of vodka, but hey, do what makes you happy!)

For my part, I think a ratio of roughly 3:1 vodka and vermouth is the way to go.

LOVE A GOOD COCKTAIL? TRY THESE RECIPES!

  • Classic Margarita
  • Pomegranate Paloma
  • Blood Orange French 75 Cocktail
  • Mint and Lime Mojito
  • Fall-Spiced Old Fashioned

It should be noted that the other classic martini is a gin martini, so feel free to go in that direction if that’s more your style!

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces vodka
  • 3/4 ounces dry vermouth
  • Lemon peel
  • Ice

Method

1 Mix the vodka and vermouth: Fill a mixing glass or pint glass with ice. Add the vodka and vermouth.

2 Stir: Stir for at least 30 seconds.

3 Prep your glass: Allow the drink to sit for a minute. Meanwhile, rub a lemon peel around the rim of a cocktail glass.

4 Strain: Strain the drink into the glass, and drop the lemon peel in. Sip and savor!

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Bee’s Knees Cocktail

A Bee’s Knees cocktail is made with only three ingredients: gin, honey, and lemon. Simple, sweet, and super delicious!

Ready in:

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail

You don’t need a complicated cocktail to have a delicious one. A Bee’s Knees cocktail is made with just three ingredients – gin, honey, and lemon – but together they create a magical drink.

Even if you don’t think of yourself as a gin drinker, a Bee’s Knees is worth trying. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and sour, with herbal notes from the gin and a rich, sweet flavor from the honey

What Kind of Gin Should I Use?

The Bee’s Knees does not demand fancy ingredients. While I wouldn’t recommend anything with a handle or in a plastic bottle, any of your mid-range gins will do the trick. Broker’s, Boodles, and Bombay are all nice examples.

What Kind of Honey Should I Use?

There are so many different kinds of honey out there – so, so many. Yes, you can absolutely use the honey that comes in a bear at your local grocery store, and that will make a fine drink. But if you’re really into (or have been itching to try) some artisanal or local or whathaveyou honey, this is a perfect application.

It’s a lot of fun to see how different kinds of honey change the character of the cocktail. I like the cocktail with a darker honey, which adds a more robust, almost molasses-y flavor. If you want to buy something online, the Washington Buckwheat honey from Bee Raw and the Aroeira honey from Bee Seasonal are both great choices.

What Kind of Glass Should I Use?

I’ve seen this served in a cocktail glass, no ice, but I prefer it in an old fashioned glass, with one big ice cube. This keeps the drink cool, although it will water it down if you’re not a fast drinker.

Try a Twist!

As I’ve said, this drink only needs three ingredients, but you can add other ingredients if you want to mix it up. My favorite way to make a Bee’s Knees is with a dash of lavender bitters, which adds a nice floral twist to the proceedings. If you have a favorite kind of bitters, feel free to experiment! That kind of discovery is part of the fun of making drinks.

More 3-Ingredient Cocktails to Try!

  • Grasshopper Cocktail
  • Salty Dog
  • Classic Vodka Martini
  • Dark and Stormy
  • Coconut White Russian

The honey syrup makes enough for 8 drinks. To make enough honey syrup for just one drink, combine 1 tablespoon (or 1/2 oz) honey with 2 tablespoons (or 1 oz) of hot water.

Ingredients

For the honey syrup (makes 1 cup, enough for 8 cocktails)

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2/3 cup hot water

For the cocktail 

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce honey syrup
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • Ice
  • Lavender bitters (optional)
  • Lemon peel, for garnish

Method

1 Make the honey syrup: Combine the honey and hot water. Stir until incorporated. The syrup can be refrigerated for up to a month or more.

2 Make the drink: Add the gin, 1 ounce of the honey syrup, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake for about 30 seconds, or until a frost forms on the shaker. Put a single large ice cube into a cocktail or old fashioned glass. Strain drink into a glass and garnish with lemon peel. Enjoy!

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Aviation Cocktail

Have you ever had an Aviation cocktail? Made with gin, maraschino liqueur, and crème de violette (the secret to the gorgeous lavender color!), this once-retro cocktail is back for good.

Ready in:

  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 cocktail

The Aviation is hard to resist: It’s tasty, has a great pedigree, and is also really, really pretty.

This once-forgotten classic has made quite a comeback in the past decade or so, mostly at fancy cocktail bars. But it’s easy to make at home, provided you’re willing to track down the right ingredients!

The History of the Aviation Cocktail

The early 2000s marked the beginning of the so-called cocktail renaissance when American cocktail connoisseurs sought to rediscover pre-Prohibition cocktail recipes that had been lost to time. One of them was the Aviation.

The first Aviation recipes bandied about had just three ingredients: gin, maraschino liqueur, and lemon juice. This conforms to the formula of a sour – base liquor, a sweet ingredient, and a sour ingredient – with maraschino as the sweet ingredient.

But then another Aviation recipe was discovered, with a mysterious fourth ingredient: crème de violette.

What is Crème de Violette?

Crème de violette is a liqueur that’s made from (and tastes like) violets. Depending on where you live, tracking down crème de violette may prove to be a challenge. Until 2007 there was no way to buy crème de violette in the United States. But then Haus Alpenz began importing the Rothman & Winter crème de violette, and the Aviation exploded in popularity.

For a long time that Rothman & Winter crème de violette was the only option available; now there are a few others, including the Giffard crème de violette. Look for crème de violette at a larger liquor store or specialty shop, in the area for liqueurs and cordials. In a pinch, you can substitute Crème Yvette, although the final cocktail color will be a little different.

Is it really essential to the drink? Yes. This floral liqueur adds a new twist to what would otherwise be a gin sour. The Aviation is a crisp, bright and lively gin cocktail, but the floral notes from the crème de violette are what make it unique and memorable, and give it that lovely pale lavender color.

What Maraschino Liqueur Should I Use?

If you have the good fortune of finding a bottle of crème de violette, it’s likely that retailer will also stock maraschino liqueur, the other important ingredient in an Aviation. Maraschino, which smells a little like cherries, a little like almonds, and a little like forgotten things, shows up in a lot of classic cocktail recipes, most notably the Last Word. Think of it as your ticket into the world of classic cocktails!

The Luxardo maraschino is by far the easiest to find, and the one I use in all my cocktails. You’ll find it in the distinctive straw-wrapped green bottle. Other brands, like Maraska and Lazzarroni, are less common but equally nice (and slightly less expensive).

Not Sure About the Special Liqueurs?

If they’re not already part of your arsenal, acquiring both crème de violette and maraschino liqueur may seem like a big deal. If you’re hesitant, I suggest ordering an Aviation at a bar first to see if it’s a drink you really like. But in my mind it’s worth it; the Aviation is a really beautiful and unique drink, and sure to take your cocktail night to the next level.

Which Gin Should I Use?

You don’t need a particularly fancy gin to make a decent Aviation: any mid-priced gin in the London Dry style will do. I like Broker’s – it’s been my go-to gin for a long while, and can usually be had for around $20 a bottle.

That being said, a very nice gin can really elevate (see what I did there?) your Aviation. If you want a real treat, try Nolet’s Silver Gin, which has notes of rose and white peach. It blends beautifully with the other liqueurs.

What’s Up With That Bright Purple Color?

Do a Google search for “Aviation cocktail” and you’ll see a lot of photos of drinks that are a bright, vibrant purple. This, I am sorry to say, is wrong.

If you make an Aviation with the proper proportions and shake it properly, you’ll wind up with a drink that is more blue-gray (or pale lavender) than bright purple. It’s the color of the sky at dusk, which allegedly inspired the name of the drink.

Hey, I love the idea of a bright purple cocktail, but in order to achieve this, you’d have to add enough crème de violette to make your drink taste like it was punched by a bar of soap.

More Fancy Cocktails to Enjoy:

  • Blood Orange French 75 Cocktail
  • Grasshopper Cocktail
  • Blueberry Pomegranate Cosmopolitan
  • Hemingway Daiquiri
  • Vodka Martini

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce crème de violette
  • Ice

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 1/4 ounce crème de violette
  • Ice

Method

1 Make the drink: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake for about 30 seconds, or until a frost forms on the shaker. Double strain into a cocktail glass.

2 Garnish: Garnish with a cocktail cherry or lemon twist.

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