Niccole Trzaska’s Avión Cherry Smash

1½ oz. Tequila Avión, or your preferred brand
¼ oz. Cherry Heering, or cherry liqeuer
1 egg white
¼ oz. lemon juice
¼ oz. vanilla simple syrup*
2 dashes plum bitters
3 Maraschino cherries, for garnish (optional)
Candied ginger, for garnish (optional)

In a mixing glass, combine tequila and cherry liqueur. Fill with ice and stir, with a bar spoon, until the spirits are well chilled. Strain into a martini glass.
In a cocktail shaker, combine the egg white, lemon juice and vanilla simple syrup. Give a dry shake (sans ice) to break up the egg. Stop, add ice, then shake again. Layer atop the chilled tequila and cherry liqueur.
Top with two dashes of plum bitters, then garnish with maraschino cherries and candied ginger, if desired.
*For the vanilla simple syrup: In a saucepan, bring 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water to a boil, and stir until sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and stir in 1 tsp. vanilla extract, or more, depending on taste. If using vanilla bean in place of extract, split the bean lengthwise, place into a heat-proof jar and fill with hot sugar syrup. Allow to steep. Store in the refrigerator until ready to use.

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