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Posted on 5/30/2020, 6/12/2020 and 7/8/2020.

So here’s #ryanreynolds Aviation Gin in an Aviation cocktail. Love the herbal notes from the Rothman & Winter Creme de Violette balanced by the tart lemon and sweetness via Luxardo maraschino liqueur. Way too easy to drink. Tragically this lovely crystal glass gave its life shortly after these pics. This is essentially the classic recipe, but I added the bitters for some additional botanical notes. At my friend Susie Fellman’s suggestion, I’ll have to try substituting St-Germain Elderflower liqueur (referred to in the industry as ‘bartender’s ketchup’) in place of the simple syrup. #aviationgin #luxardo #rothmanandwinter #bittercube #stgermain #cremedeviolette

A perfect aviation on a perfect summer afternoon.


5 minutes


  • 2 oz Plymouth Gin
  •  ¼ oz Creme de Violette
  •  1 tsp Maraschino Liqueur 
  •  0.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
  •  0.50 oz Simple Syrup (1:1)
  • 2 Drops Bittercube Bolivar Bitters
  • 1 Cherry (as garnish)


  1. Add all ingredients to shaker, add ice then immediately shake for around 15 seconds.
  2. Double strain into a chilled coupe.
  3. Garnish with the cherry.

Saying Goodbye

My ID photo from my first day of work in 1998 - the other on my last day in the office in 2015.
My ID photo from my first day of work in 1998 – the other on my last day in the office in 2015.

I’m belatedly adding this announcement I posted to Facebook last week on for posterity – who knows when Facebook is going to go belly up?!? In all seriousness, I was both humbled and honored by nearly 100  friends, coworkers and family far and near taking time to lend words of support. I think you dearly for all your blessings.

So last week I said goodbye to my workplace of 18 years. While it may be hard to believe so much time has passed, these photos certainly suggest otherwise. What’s next? I’m equally excited about not only taking a little time off but also the opportunity ahead. Here is the note I sent to my colleagues earlier today: 

As many of you already know, my 18 years at Turner are coming to an end.

What I will miss the most are the people of Turner. Not that new project or product – but the other human beings it’s been my honor to work alongside for so many years.

It has been a pleasure to have lived, loved and learned new things every day of my years spent at Turner. I think back to my job interview in 1997 – with much more hair, and much darker hair at that, talking to Jim Walton about how the internet was going to change media as we know it.

Strategies change, business headwinds ebb and flow, but with the kind of people I’ve had the pleasure of working with at Turner, a job becomes more than a job – it becomes a passion. And for having that opportunity, I am forever thankful.

I am looking forward to future adventures, and feel certain that our paths will intersect again.

In the interim, I can be contacted at

All the best,

Joey Trotz

Shaq-tastic News for e-Sports

Turner’s new venture, E-league, was announced at the annual Video Game Awards yesterday. The gamers say it best – “Being on TV is obviously the next step.” Starting first with the stalwart Counter-Strike, the league will feature two 10-week seasons, broadcast each Friday night on Turner’s TBS. Oh, and did I mention the $1.2 million prize pool?

Full disclosure: I am currently an employee of Turner and the views in this post are purely my own.