Cleared for Departure

2 oz gin
1/2 oz clarified lime juice
1/3 oz maraschino liqueur
1/3 oz crème de violette
lemon twist, for garnish

Stir all ingredients with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.

This twist on the classic Aviation is one of the two best-selling cocktails that have earned a permanent spot on the Metrovino menu (the other being the Shift Drink). The use of clarified lime juice and stirring instead of shaking allows the striking color of the creme de violette to shine through. I recommend a floral or citrus-forward gin in this. The brands we use are Damrak gin, Luxardo maraschino, and Rothman and Winter crème de violette, but feel free to make substitutions.

If desired, the clarified lime juice and maraschino liqueur can be combined in the proper proportions, bottled, and kept chilled, adjusting the cocktail recipe accordingly. This will help preserve the life of the lime juice if not using it immediately.

[Photo by John Valls.]

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Thyme in a Bottle

Thyme in a Bottle

1 oz gin
3/4 oz Farigoule thyme liqueur
3/4 oz lemon juice
1/2 oz maraschino liqueur
thyme sprig, for garnish

Shake with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a thyme sprig. A nice touch is to place the thyme over a candle while making the drink, warming it up to release its aroma.

This is a Last Word variation using Farigoule in place of Chartreuse. Tips of the hat to Charles Munat for the idea and to my dad for the name.

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