Ryan Reynolds creates Aviation Gin cocktail ad
Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds has unveiled the latest advert for Aviation Gin, in which he crafts a Bloody Mary-inspired cocktail for viewers.
The ad campaign celebrates the 40th anniversary of the McDonald’s McRib, a barbecue-flavoured pork sandwich sold by fast food chain McDonald’s.
McDonald’s announced the return of the pork patty to its menus in the US on 1 November. It was first introduced in 1981.
The ad campaign plays on the ingredients included in the iconic sandwich, as Reynolds concocts a barbecue- and tomato-based cocktail, which he dubs “Bloody Mary’s hotter cousin”.
Named The Gin Riblet, it includes tomato juice, barbecue sauce, lemon and Aviation American Gin.
The spot opens with Reynolds behind a bar, asking viewers whether gin and barbecue sauce go together – only to retort that he can “Mc-prove it” does.
Reynolds instructs drinkers to “celebrate the return of America’s favourite rib-shaped sandwich” by filling a shaker with ice, and adding four ounces (120ml) of tomato juice, a half-ounce (15ml) of barbecue sauce, one-and-a-half ounces (45ml) of ‘smooth Aviation American Gin’, and a squeeze of lemon juice. To garnish, the actor recommends placing a pickle and an onion on top of a highball glass.
Last month, Reynolds’ Aviation Gin and his wife Blake Lively’s Betty Buzz mixers featured on the menu at the British Airways JFK lounge.