My bit of kit
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