Last Call

Aviation Cocktail: Your Taste Buds Are Cleared for Takeoff

Ring the bell, it's time for Last Call, in which JK Grence, bartender at Shady's, serves up booze advice and recipes. Got a burning question for your bartender? Leave it in the comments and it might be answered in a future column.

Every now and again, a movie comes along where the supporting actors come in and steal the show. Think of John Goodman's unpredictability in The Big Lebowski. Or, if you're a little more old-school, Kevin Kline trumping Michael Palin and John Cleese(!) in A Fish Called Wanda. Or if you're too young to remember those, Heath Ledger's Oscar-winning performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. This week's cocktail has the same kind of performance. It's gin-based, but who cares about that when the accompanying ingredients are so fascinating?

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The Aviation cocktail is ancient mixology history, dating to the early 20th century. Given the drink's bluish hue, it's almost a given that the name is an allusion to the new-at-the-time airplane that took people into the wild blue yonder. That color comes from crème de violette, a liqueur with the delicate taste of violet flowers. Even though it's very pretty and demure, that taste can make your drink taste like perfume if you're not careful.

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