Jun 14, 2016

Making the Rounds with Helen Benefield Billings – An Aviation at Morton’s The Steakhouse

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Celeste Tylor & Helen

Celeste Dinos, Vice President and Partner, IMI; Tylor Field, III, Division Vice President, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Landry’s Inc. and Helen Benefield Billings, Hospitality and Travel writer, in the Mix.

June 22, 2016   |   By Helen Benefield Billings

Morton’s The Steakhouse, Downtown Atlanta, Ga., May 2016 – The steaks are still magnificent. The service is impeccable and friendly. The wine list is extraordinary, as always. But perusing the specialty drinks menu is always my first inclination at any fine dining establishment.

Early May is the perfect time to start thinking about warm weather cocktails, and I found myself in the mood for something a little different during a recent gathering at Morton’s in Atlanta.

Thank you, Tylor Field, III, Divisional Vice President of Wine and Spirits, Landry’s, Inc., for recommending this fetching beauty, the Aviation. A sublime combination of Gin, maraschino, lime and Bitter Truth Violet Liqueur, it makes for a memorable pre-dinner summer sipper.

After enjoying this light and refreshing cocktail, you’ll still have plenty of room for a robust Cabernet that will pair perfectly with the Cajun Ribeye and shared sides.

17521 B051AVIATION

2 oz    Tanqueray Old Tom Gin
(or Tanqueray Ten)
¾ oz  Luxardo Maraschino
1 oz     Fresh-squeezed lime juice
2 barspoons    Bitter Truth Violette Liqueur

Shake ingredients (except Bitter Truth Violette Liqueur) with ice; then strain into a chilled cocktail martini glass. Add a float of Bitter Truth Violette Liqueur.

Grapefruit peel twisted to release citrus oils onto the drink, then discarded, and Luxardo cocktail cherry on a pick.