Different single malts mingle in this spirit-forward cocktail. It’s a wonder that the peaty flavor still shines through all the other tasty elements.
This cocktail, which appears in Kat Odell’s Day Drinking: 50 Cocktails for a Mellow Buzz (Workman Publishing Company, $15.95), was created by Erick Castro of San Diego’s Polite Provisions. It’s a rare drink that uses vermouth as the drink’s main component, notes Odell, as opposed to using vermouth more like a seasoning.
In 2010, while in Athens judging the Diageo World Class bartender competition, barman Gary “Gaz” Regan tasted the very best Aviation cocktail he had ever encountered—one made by Takumi Watanabe, a bartender at The Sailing Bar in Sakurai, Japan. “Since there was no crème de violette available to Watanabe at the time, he used Marie Brizard Parfait Amour, a liqueur that’s similar in color to the original ingredient but boasts orange and vanilla notes rather than the more floral notes found in crème de violette,” says Regan.
This three-ingredient Italian cocktail is as classic as a drink can get.