aviation cocktail with creme yvette foam


Today, I wanted to play with making a cocktail for the bar using foam. The first thing that came to mind, was the Aviation. This classic cocktail was created in the early 1900’s by Hugo Ensslin and has withstood the test of time. The aviation seemed the perfect candidate for a foam, since, you want the creme yvette to serve as a subtle background note, rather than, alternatively using too much and making it smell and taste like a French whore. Foam has the ability to dilute strong flavor thus transforming it into an accent ingredient. I found this method really balances the cocktail and gives it great texture. Here’s how you can make my version of the classic Aviation:

My Creme Yvette Foam
1 1/4 cups water
1 ounce lemon juice
4 oz egg whites
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 oz Creme Yvette

In a large bowl dissolve the sugar and water. Add the rest of the ingredients and pour into NO2 whipper. Charge whipper, shake and refrigerate for and hour until foam stabilizes. Adding a second NO2 cartridge will speed up the process if you are in a hurry.

The Aviation
2 oz gin
1/2 oz lemon juice
2 teaspoons Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
2 drops Creme Yvette
Lemon twist of Luxardo Maraschino cherry for garnish

In a mixing glass filled with ice, stir all ingredients until desired dilution. Then, strain into a chilled martini glass, add your garnish and top with foam. Yep, it’s that easy. Enjoy!

5 thoughts on “aviation cocktail with creme yvette foam

  1. brandis

    Have you actually tasted a French whore? Some people find them delicious. ; ) This looks amazing…going to have to head out on Thurs. night just to try one.

    1. wade Post author

      Ha! I’m sure they do Brandis… See you thursday and I’ll make you my new drink I’m calling “The French Whore”

    2. brandis

      Had to come back to comment after trying this…so delicious. Loved the layers of flavor — citrusy bitterness balanced with just the right touch of creamy sweetness. I can see where too much of the yvette would have upset that perfection.

      Still curious to try The French Whore, though. I’m not afraid ; )


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