Inspired by Dave's latest Dueling Dishes post, our Drink of the Week ventures away from vodka and tequila (our boozy version of comfort food), and heads into new territory--gin. The drink menu at 320 Main in Seal Beach features mostly gin-based cocktails, uncommon for most Orange County eateries.
Actually, the Smokey Margaritas there do taste like comfort food: barbecued tri-tip, to be specific. But our server helpfully directed us to what she described as the "gateway drink" for gin: the Aviation cocktail.
The concoction includes Aviation gin (duh), Luxardo maraschino liqueur, fresh lemon juice, and crème de violette. It tastes mostly of straight gin, but does have a cherry aftertaste, thanks to the Luxardo and cherry garnish. The crème de violette mostly helps with visuals (it's blue!) but does impart a certain subtle something in the drinking. So, it's gin, rendered somewhat less ginny.
Drinking the Aviation, with its light flavor and sky-blue coloring, was reminiscent of summer. At $10 each, soak in that memory slowly.
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