My bit of kit

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I have heard much of the French 75 cock­tail, a favoured stiff­ener of The Royal Fly­ing Corp. I gather the kick of a French 75 was likened to shell­fire from a French 75mm How­itzer. I won­der if you might be able to shed some light on a cock­tail I heard men­tioned on the ra­dio called, I think, an Avi­a­tion Cock­tail. What sort of kick would that give?!

RWA, by email The Avi­a­tion Cock­tail was cre­ated by Hugo Ensslin, the head bar­man at a New York Ho­tel, and first pub­lished in 1916. It was a pre-pro­hi­bi­tion cock­tail and used a gin that doesn’t ex­ist any­more. The orig­i­nal recipe in­cluded two dashes of Crème de vi­o­lette, which gives the cock­tail a pale pur­ple colour. Cur­rent mixol­o­gists of­ten com­bine 2oz gin, ½oz lemon juice, ½oz maraschino liqueur and ¼oz crème de vi­o­lette liqueur. Place all the in­gre­di­ents in a cock­tail shaker with some ice, shake well, strain and serve. It is pos­si­ble to buy a gin called Avi­a­tion Gin, which takes some in­spi­ra­tion from vin­tage Amer­i­can gins. It can be pur­chased from www.odd­bins.com

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