I came across this thread when researching in preparation for a first try at the Aviation cocktail. Having obtained the necessary liquid ingredients for that cocktail I attempted to order a jar of Luxardo cherries, only to find that supplies listed last week are gone and no-one currently appears to offer them at a price I am willing to pay.
We have a bottle of bright red factory produced cherries for our first Aviation attempts.
Having read this thread we intend following Jacques Pepin's method to prepare our own for later.
I would welcome any advice in respect of the alcohol best used. While thinking about this I remembered that I have a bottle of apple eau de vie given to me years ago by my neighbour when I was living in France. This was home (farm) made in 1975 when growers were still permitted to distil for their own and family consumption. I also have a litre of kirsch bought cheaply in a French supermarket last year; also an alternative maraschino liqueur bought at a shop that didn't have Luxardo when I was hunting that down.
This photo (I hope) shows the cherries we plan to bottle and the various liquids we might include in the process (or not, eg the violette, I just wanted all Aviation inspired purchases in the picture as a record of the process towards this cocktail).
I guess this might be the one and only use for the eau de vie which I recall being told is extremely potent. Even then I'm not sure that an apple based spirit will be appropriate. Perhaps combined with the non Luxardo maraschino?
Edited by DianaB, 03 September 2014 - 05:10 AM.