Aviation

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Cocktail History

The Aviation is a classic cocktail that was created by Hugo Ensslin in the early 1900s while he was the head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York City, New York. It’s most well-known for its color and one special ingredient that was impossible to find for close to half a century before it was just reintroduced back in 2007—crème de violette. The recipe pairs the floral liqueur with botanical gin, maraschino, and lemon.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Gin: This is the base spirit. We used Citadelle Gin for its simple and crisp juniper notes that complement the other flavors without overpowering them.

Maraschino Liqueur: This is a cherry-flavored liqueur. We used Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur for its earthy aroma and sweet, creamy cherry flavor.

Crème De Violette: This is a purple floral liqueur. We used Rothman & Winter Crème De Violette Liqueur because theirs is made using a brandy base and no added vanilla or other fruit flavors, making it a true violet liqueur.

Lemon Juice: This adds sweet and sour citrus flavors for balance. We prefer to use fresh citrus juice because it’s less bitter than the bottled stuff and tastes better.

Cherry: This is the garnish. We prefer Luxardo Maraschino cherries because theirs are one of the tastiest and highest quality brands of cherries on the market.

Tasting Notes

The Aviation features light floral aromas, the initial taste of gin balanced by the maraschino and violet liqueurs, and a tart but botanical finish.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: This drink is wildly popular, among those with less developed palates especially, for a reason. It is quite good! It was a little sweet for Alex although he certainly appreciated its complexity, but Kendall found it to be delicious, and it has since become one of her favorite gin drinks.

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Art of Vintage Cocktails by Stephanie Rosenbaum.

The Art of Vintage Cocktails
The Art of Vintage Cocktails
Hardcover Book; Rosenbaum, Stephanie (Author); English (Publication Language); 108 Pages – 01/07/2014 (Publication Date) – Egg & Dart (Publisher)
$47.00

AuthorThe Art of Vintage CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 ½ oz Maraschino Liqueur
 ½ oz Crème De Violette
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 1 Cherry

Method
1

Add gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, lemon juice, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with cherry.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 1 ½ oz Gin
 ½ oz Maraschino Liqueur
 ½ oz Crème De Violette
 ½ oz Lemon Juice
 1 Cherry

Directions

Method
1

Add gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette, lemon juice, and ice to a shaker.

2

Shake for 10-20 seconds.

3

Strain into a cocktail glass.

4

Garnish with cherry.

Aviation

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More Gin Cocktails

If you like this gin-based cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Bramble: A gin cocktail made with lemon juice, blackberry syrup, blackberries, and a lemon wedge

 Florodora: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, raspberry syrup, simple syrup, ginger ale, a lime slice, and raspberries

 Winter Berry Gin Fizz: A gin cocktail made with lime juice, cranberry syrup, raspberry liqueur, soda water, cranberries, and rosemary

Water Lily: A gin cocktail made with triple sec, crème de violette, lemon juice, and an orange peel

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