Gin lovers: Celebrate World Gin Day on June 9 with the Violation, a twist on the classic Aviation, from Pitch.
Gin’s botanical notes come to life especially well in classic cocktails such as the Last Word and the Aviation – the latter a rediscovered pre-Prohibition cocktail that took flight (again) about a decade ago. At Pitch in Scottsdale, the classic Aviation recipe – gin, Crème de Violette, maraschino liqueur and lemon juice – is gently tweaked to become the Violation, made with handcrafted No. 209 Gin (citrus-forward, with subtle juniper notes and a floral background) from San Francisco’s Distillery No. 209. Served up in a coupe glass, the elegant and frankly feminine result is a lovely, lavender-hued sipper with a lush, almost velvety finish.
It’s also super easy to make. Just pour 1 ½ oz. of No. 209 Gin, ¾ oz. Crème de Violette, ¼ oz. fresh lime juice and a dash of simple syrup into a cocktail shaker, adding ice and shaking vigorously until chilled. Using a Hawthorne strainer over the top of the shaker and a small mesh strainer held above the coupe, double-strain the mixture to remove any ice shards. Ladies and gentlemen, we’re cleared for takeoff.
6350 E. Thomas Rd., Scottsdale
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