My friend Toby posted this to Google+ and asked “Airport club liquor selection. What can I make?” Here’s my answer:
Let’s start with the bar-setter’s intent. Why are each of these here? The Bailey’s, Hennessy cognac, and Famous Grouse Scotch are meant to be enjoyed alone (or the Bailey’s with the hot chocolate that I bet is available off to the side). The vermouth is there to be combined with the Sminoff vodka or the Beefeater gin and one of the olives in on the right. The Bacardi is meant to be added to coke (also available offscreen). The vodka’s other role would be with the tabasco and Worcheshire sauce in a Bloody Mary, or to be combined with tonic or soda and some of the lemon or lime wedges (the gin could do the last of these, as well).
Assuming, those aren’t to your liking, what else can we create? There are no bitters and no sweet liqueurs other than the Bailey’s, which is going to make this tough. Let’s do our best, though, and try to respect the context as well. Here’s what I’d suggest:
The Airport Aviation
- 1 3/4 oz Beefeater Gin
- 3/4 oz lemon juice (you’re going to have to squeeze every one of those lemon wedges)
- 1/2 oz maraschino juice (behind the olives, to the left of the limes)
Shake with ice, serve up and garnish with a maraschino cherry
This is an Aviation, but we’ve substituted maraschino juice for maraschino liqueur. We upped the gin and dropped the maraschino liqueur slightly to make up for the substitution.