The Aviation Cocktail
Created by Hugo Ensslin, head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York, The Aviation cocktail was incredibly popular before prohibition put a damper on all the fun. For some reason it didn't bounce back after the ban was lifted, but we're doing our part to raise awareness by raising a glass to this delicious drink.This recipe comes courtesy of Liquor.com.
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The Three Green Friends | Sean Hudgins
A couple years ago, as the weather was just begining to warm up, I walked into the Standard East Village for an afternoon tipple. One of the bartenders at the time was the talented Natasha Sofia. She greeted me with a smile and asked what I'd like. "Something refreshing," I responded. "I trust you."A few minutes later, Natasha presented me with a lovely light green sour-style cocktail, with specks of dark green resting on the surface of the liquid, served up in a coupe glass. It was delightful. When I asked what was in the drink, she reponded nochelantly "mint, cucumber, lime juice - the three best friends."I spent the summer playing with these ingredients, combining them with different clear spirits until arriving at this drink, a cross between a gin sour and a cucumber margarita that I now refer to as "The Three Green Friends," as something of a nod to Natasha's original description. This drink is light, bright, and refreshing, and most importantly, easy to make. 
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For a true throwback, nothing can beat summer’s Southside, a drink that originated during Prohibition. According to cocktail folklore, this concoction was created by an Irish gang in gangster-ruled Chicago who were attempting to mask the bitter taste of bathtub gin with mint, a refreshing green garnish. Another tale insists it was created at Manhattan’s 21 Club, a preferred hot spot for the elite. It was such a hit among the city’s tastemakers that it became the preferred choice of country club-goers in the Hamptons during the steamy summer months. Today, you can still order this sought-after number at Manhattan’s PDT (Please Don’t Tell), an East Village speakeasy famous for its ultra posh crowd and cozy atmosphere. Nothing sets the mood at a classic joint quite like this classic favorite.
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This one may take a litte extra effort, but the silkiness of this cocktail is well worth it. Click here to learn more about 7 Easter Brunch Cocktails.
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