Flight to East Asia
Flight to East Asia is an Aviation riff from the inimitable Amy Traynor at Moody Mixologist. The star here is yuzu, an Asian cousin of lemon with a more floral, herbal flavor.
Yuzu juice is more opaque than lemon, and mixing it with crème de violette would turn the drink a greenish-gray – so Traynor instead adds the violette at the end, allowing it to sink to the bottom of the drink for a beautiful skyline effect. This also has the effect of making the drink sweeter as you sip it, which is a nice change of pace from a standard Aviation.
Shake the gin, maraschino, and yuzu juice with ice. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass (a v-shaped glass will look best). Gently float the crème de violette into the drink, allowing it to sink to the bottom of the glass. Garnish as Amy Traynor does, with a little “boat” made from a lemon slice with blackberries and mint resting atop it.
- Flight to East Asia recipe at The Moody Mixologist