Red Skies

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Author Notes: If I had to pick a cocktail to be the only one I could ever drink again my choice would be the Aviation. It is a classic from the early 20th century, and it's formula is 2 oz gin, 1/2 oz maraschino liqueur, 1/2 oz lemon juice, and 1/4 oz crème de violette. Sometimes the violet liqueur is left out, but then the cocktail doesn't have the lovely clear pale purple hue from which it derives its name. I have created an ice cold summery rendition of the drink, substituting frozen cherry juice cubes for the Maraschino liqueur. I hope you enjoy!hardlikearmour

Serves 2

Cherry Juice Cubes

  • 1/2 pound sweet cherries
  • 2 large lemons
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • water
  1. Pit your cherries and place them into a blender. Juice your lemons, straining out any seeds, into the blender. Add sugar. Blend until cherries have been thoroughly liquified. If your blender has trouble add up to 1/4 cup water.
  2. Stain cherry juice into a glass measure, through a fine mesh strainer to remove most of the solids. Press out as much liquid as possible. Add water to a total volume of 1 & 1/2 cups of cherry juice. Stir.
  3. Pour into an ice cube tray (or more if needed.) Freeze until solid (at least several hours.)
  4. Note: this will make enough cherry juice cubes for 2 batches of the cocktail. Alternately use additional cubes in limeade, to keep your Red Skies icy cold for longer, or eat them like mini-popsicles.

Red Skies

  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) freezer cold gin (Aviation preferred)
  • 3/4 ounce (1 1/2 T) crème de violette
  • 1/2 batch Cherry Juice Cubes
  • lemon juice (optional)
  1. Combine gin, crème de violette, and cherry juice cubes in a blender. Blend until smooth. Taste, and stir in lemon juice if desired.
  2. Divide between 2 cocktail glasses. Kick back and enjoy!
  3. Note: If need be you can omit the crème de violette. It adds a nice floral note, but the cocktail is still tasty without it.
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Tags: Aviation, easily doubled, ridiculously quaffable, slushy

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about 3 years ago wssmom

OOOOO lala! I LOVE this!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Merci beaucoup!

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about 3 years ago nogaga

Pretty!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Thanks!

Sausage2

about 3 years ago fiveandspice

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I have never tried creme de violette (actually, there are many, many liqueurs I've never tried, but whatever), and now I really, really want to! This is just the most beautiful drink! I'm loving all the brilliant colors everyone's cocktails are coming out.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

Thanks, fiveandspice. Creme de violette is really lovely - a gorgeous purple color and a really nice floral flavor. If you get it be sure to try sagegreen's violet crush, too! This contest has really beautiful submissions!

Sausage2

about 3 years ago fiveandspice

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Good advice! I think I shall have to invest in a bottle and try both cocktails...though maybe not in one evening - I'm a total lightweight!

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about 3 years ago gingerroot

This sounds amazing. This week could get kinda dangerous in a hurry, lol.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, gingerroot! I definitely agree - dangerous!

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about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Yum! A grown-up slushy! This sounds awesome!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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It definitely is adult only. It kinda packs a wallop.

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about 3 years ago lapadia

"Buzz on"...HLA. Gin is my favorite, oh and I love the color!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks, lapadia. I'm sure this is blasphemous, but in general I don't like most gins. I find the juniper a bit too intense. On the other hand I love Aviation gin because it has multiple botanicals and is not as juniper-centric. Plus it's made in Portland, and I definitely have a weak spot for locally made products!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Now you are convincing me to get another gin in my collection!!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

hardlikearmour is a trusted home cook.

LOL... I guarantee you won't regret it. If you don't like it you can send the bottle my way ;)

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about 3 years ago lapadia

I am going to have to try Aviation; I like Bombay Sapphire, multiple botanicals, heavy on the juniper but I don't mind that.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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If you come to Portland some week end, I'll gladly take you to House Spirits Distillery (plus the rest of Distillery Row if you're so inclined.)

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about 3 years ago lapadia

Hey, now we're talkin', I'll add that to my To Do List!

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about 3 years ago Sagegreen

Brilliant!

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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thank you kindly!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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I know what you mean about the buzzed that is. What maraschino liquor did you use? The one Merrill used in the boozey cherries? It sounds so wonderful I have to try it.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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when I make a classic Aviation I use the Maraska. You can also use Luxardo.

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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Wow, this is incredible.

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about 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Thanks! I'm a little buzzed from testing out a few versions right now (just after 3 in the afternoon here.) Both Dan and I liked this version the best which is generally a good sign.