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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Aviation-a drink to make for folks who don’t know they love gin

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My friend Julie Keane posted a picture of of an Aviation maybe a year ago and that began the major cocktail craze I’ve been on since then. Of course I’ve always made lovely drinks. And there is nothing more perfect than a gin and tonic in the summer. But I hadn’t been mixing drinks with gin at home. Bourbon, margaritas, mojitos, dark and stormy’s, and actually if I correct myself I was making some nice gin drinks with Aperol and grapefruit. But that picture of an Aviation and the ingredients set me off. And it wasn’t even blue! I bought some Luxardo maraschino liqueur and made one without the creme de violette, and it was delicious, but became determined to do it right. I haven’t let go of this thing since. It is perfect.

If you are unfamiliar with maraschino liqueur, you should get familiar with it because a lot of classic cocktails need it. It is made from both the pits and the flesh of the Marasca cherry, which is why it’s got a strong almond note to the taste. Creme de violette is just what it sounds like, a sweet liqueur made of violet flowers, possibly with other colorants added. There used to be none imported in the US, but now you can find the Rothman & Winter brand everywhere, though that’s about the only brand you can get in the US. Aviations are so popular I don’t even know why I’m posting this.

The original recipe for this drink sounds sour as hell, it’s got a lot of lemon, and very little maraschino or creme de violette to take the edge off that lemon. Here are the proportions I usually end up using, but this time I tried it with a meyer lemon and it was maybe a little sweet, I would back off on Luxardo and creme de violette. So this is how it went last night:

2oz Greenhook Gin (if you want a sweeter drink you can go 1.5oz)
1/2 oz lemon juice (in this case meyer, but that’s just a twist on it)
1/2 oz Luxardo maraschino liqueur
anywhere from 2 barspoons to 1/4 oz of Creme de Violette

The goal is enough of the violet stuff to get the drink blue, but not as purple as here and not gray which it will be if you use too little. I find when I’m making one drink, just under a 1/4 ounce works, or 3 barspoons. There is perhaps a little much in the drink shown here but it’s pretty.

The traditional garnish is a lemon peel. But you often see them with a beautiful red maraschino cherry in them. They look great that way and I love the way that a stem on cherry has a handle to take little bites. However those store bought cherries have a lot of cinnamon in them, and taste kind of like garbage. I actually bought Luxardo’s marasca cherries, which are delicious and black, but do not pretty up this drink. I think the solution will be to make my own stem on cocktail cherries when cherries are in season.

Posted by Amber Sexton on 02/23 at 02:18 PM
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Monday, February 18, 2013

More inexpensive prints, now in slideshows….. wheeeeee

Prints start at $5 depending on the size.


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Posted by Amber Sexton on 02/18 at 09:22 PM
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My mom and her friends playing Johnny on the Pony

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I don’t know when this is from but it’s Washington Square park in the very early 60’s. Mom is the “pillow” which is what she called it, I don’t know if that’s the real name. I’ve never learned the rules for this game but it’s so photogenic.

Posted by Amber Sexton on 02/18 at 12:13 AM
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Friday, February 15, 2013

Rollei film backlog: Saint Louis Cemetary 1, circa 2009

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On Mardi Gras itself, (which I have never been to) one of the disks I finally got files off of was from my first trip to New Orleans. I was really pleased with these images. I am generally not a confident person, and so it’s often true that it’s hard for me to like the things I do sometimes. Sometimes I feel so in doubt and vulnerable about it that it’s best to just put it out there and then let the inertia of it being already out there suffice for owning up to it. But I liked these a lot and I was immediately afraid I must be mistaken to like them so much. Anyway ever in doubt about whether they are “good” these still still please me anyway.

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Posted by Amber Sexton on 02/15 at 11:30 PM
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Monday, February 11, 2013

Rollei film backlog: third edition

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So I got the lab to replace the two disks that weren’t reading. One of them had these images of my niece and my sister from several years ago, but not so long ago as the Italy photos. Because I had pulled a random roll from another pile. Anyway my niece is 14 now, and my sister became a doctor since this photo was taken. This is in Westbrook, CT where my dad rents a vacation house in July.
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Posted by Amber Sexton on 02/11 at 09:48 PM
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