By Alison Bailin Batz / Photo by Elizabeth Barry
In the Valley, January means the snowbirds are back, with more flying in daily.
So, it’s only fitting to sample a plane-inspired cocktail that is anything but, well, plain.
Enter Proof at the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North’s Aviation ($14), which is crafted using high-quality American spirits and boasts flavors – plus an eye-popping color – that will certainly lift yours.
“A gin-based cocktail first developed in 1911 by a bartender in New York City, the Aviation gained national acclaim when Recipes for Mixed Drinks – the definitive guide to spirits, liquors and drink ideas of that time – chose to publish the recipe in its 1916 edition,” says Proof’s manager, Karma Tsepal.
As the Aviation’s base, Proof uses Half Moon Orchard Gin from New York City in homage to the drink’s original founder.
“We then add Lee Spirits Crème de Violette to the gin,” Tsepal says. “Like Half Moon, it is an American-made liquor developed by the Lee Spirits distillery in Colorado. They use a fantastic combination of botanicals to elicit a floral flavor and gorgeous purple hue.”
Freshly squeezed lemon juice is then added as well as a special ingredient to round it out: a housemade luxardo liqueur.
The shaker is then topped with ice and shaken vigorously. The vibrant concoction is double-strained into a coupe glass and garnished with a luxardo cherry.
“The result is a cocktail that has withstood the test of time, boasting bright acidity, mildly sweet undertones, and a touch of bitterness to create balance,” Tsepal says.
Proof, 10600 E. Crescent Moon Drive, Scottsdale; 480.513.5085; www.proofcanteen.com.