1. a state or condition of confusion, movement, or agitation; disorder
2. signature beer cocktail of The Beer Wench
Essentially, a signature [insert choice word] anything is a piece of work or object that readily identifies its creator or owner — think signature artwork, signature pieces of clothing, and signature drinks.
From the moment I started experimenting with beer mixology, I became obsessed and preoccupied with designing what I wanted to ultimately become, my signature beer cocktail.
At minimum, I knew that my signature drink would need to include Saison, my favorite style of beer, and Gin, my favorite spirit. Luckily, the two ingredients play extremely well together. The botanical nature of gin really compliments the spicy and fruity esters of the Saison style.
As for the recipe, I turned to one of my all-time favorite cocktails — The Aviation — for inspiration. The Aviation was created by Hugo Ensslin, head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York. Seeing as how I grew up in NY, it only seemed appropriate that I find inspiration from this cocktail.
The Aviation traditionally consists of gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, and creme de violette (some recipes omit the creme de violette, though). Garnish varies from lemon twist to cherry to star anise. In lieu of maraschino liqueur, I opted to use a Kriek — a sour cherry, spontaneously fermented Lambic style of beer that hails from Belgium. As a tribute to the friend that first introduced me to The Aviation cocktail, Ryan Magarian, who is a well-known mixologist and the co-founder of Aviation Gin, I chose to use Aviation Gin as the main gin for the recipe.
As for my choice of Saison, the recipe calls for Dupont at the moment, which I am hoping to replace with Bison Brewing’s Saison de Wench, my namesake farmhouse ale brewed with roses, hibiscus, lemongrass and pink peppercorn, which should be released in bottles this spring.
- 1 1/2 oz. Aviation Gin
- 1/4 oz. Creme de Violette
- 1/4 oz. Lemon Juice
- 1/2 oz. Kriek
- 1 1/2 oz. Saison Dupont
- Star Anise Garnish
- Add gin, creme de violette + lemon juice in a shaker, shake vigorously 15 counts, strain into martini glass.
- Add kriek and saison, garnish with star anise.