Today was not a good day to drink. I started with the original Savoy Cocktail Book recipe for an Aviation, and it was absolutely not my bag — the Creme de Violette was just too floral to carry the rum and maraschino. I prefer Creme Yvette for a little more depth of flavor. Next up was Howl on the Hill, but I admit that my bitter-sensitive palate found the Fernet completely overwhelming, which is a shame, because these are a couple of lovely rums. I may need to revert to the comfort and safety of a Manhattan just to call the night a draw.