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Arte de Volar

Tequila replaces gin in this Margarita-like riff on an Aviation cocktail – 'Arte de Volar' is Spanish for 'Art of Flying'. As with the original gin-based

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Originally made with Martell Cordon Bleu, this sophisticated champagne cocktail has delicate floral notes.

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Floral Daiquiri

A floral riff on a classic Daiquiri with a hint of berry fruitiness and a lavender pink hue courtesy of a blueberry threesome.

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A Rose By Any Other Name

A dry spirit-led sipper with faint floral and chocolate notes. Perhaps forgo the grated chocolate garnish in favour of a square of dark chocolate balanced

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Biggles Aviation

A ginger-influenced Aviation named after the fictional book Biggles in Borneo about WWII flying heroes Ginger, Algy, and Biggles. Originally inspired by

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The Atty Cocktail

My recipe remains pretty faithful to Craddock's classic 1930s proportions, but in line with modern bartending conventions, I now disregard Craddock's instructions

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An Italian influenced riff on the classic Aviation with fragrant grappa in place of the usual gin base and floral crème de violette very slightly dialled

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Clean Aviation

Named in homage to the laudable quest for a clean aviation fuel, this is a classic Aviation (usually based on gin) but made with vodka and given a touch

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Moonlight Cocktail (Gaz Regan's)

Basically an Aviation but with triple sec in place of maraschino and lime instead of lemon juice. Gaz used lime juice because he didn't have any lemons

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Aviation Cocktail (Difford's recipe)

Citrus, floral gin with a slightly sour finish. The recipe above has been my preferred recipe for some years. However, in early 2020, I decided that the

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Ad Astra

Ad Astra is a Latin phrase meaning to the stars, an apt name for this spirituous and complex riff on a classic Aviation.

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Rosina Ferrario No. 203

Aromatic grappa notes shine in this fabulously floral, appropriately pale sky blue cocktail.

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Parma Violet Spritz

Inspired by and garnished with mini Parma Violet sweets, this spritz is flavoured with crème de violette liqueur.

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Fizz á la Violette

A delicate floral cocktail that is so creamy and smooth that it's almost fluffy.

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Blue Moon Cocktail (1940's recipe)

A relation of the Aviation [see history], the Blue Moon features on the back label of Créme Yvette bottles dating from the 1940's. This cocktail became

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Flower Power Martini

A Dry Martini served super-wet with even more flower power than Austin Powers.

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Madame Mayahuel

Whether you love or hate this spirit-forward cocktail will firstly be driven by your preference for mezcal and secondly by whether you appreciate this

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Arsenic & Old Lace

This Martini-style cocktail needs to be served well stirred in an ice-cold glass. Originally a shaken drink, it benefits from dilution, hence a splash

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Purple Pear Martini

Depending on your choice crème de violete, both in hue and flavour, this floral cocktail suits its name.

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The Last Word meets the Aviation somewhere over the French-Italian border.

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A sophisticated Kir Royal.

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Mood Indigo

Smooth, delicate and floral: the gin and brandy add just enough bite.

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Violet Affinity

Delicate and surprisingly complex for such a simple drink.

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Machine Head

Overdo the smoke and your cocktail will start to resemble a cigar. Too little and you may find a tad sweet.

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