The Aviation seems like it belongs to the family of cocktails named after things people thought were cool when classic cocktails were being invented. (See also: Boulevardier, Casino, even the Manhattan.) The cocktail’s name likely references with pale blue colour of the drink when it is made with crème de violette, which admittedly does make the drink look somewhat like a cloudless sky. The classic Savoy Cocktail Book omits the crème de violette, so we figure it’s fair to include it with the bottles we’ve already added.
The Aviation is an excellent showcase for the flavour of a good London dry gin. Maraschino provides some sweetness and lemon juice provides some acid, but the gin’s flavour will still shine through. As mentioned, the crème de violette is optional, but if you can find some it will last you forever because it’s not a common ingredient and it keeps well. Buy a bottle and share it with your friends!
What you need
- 1.5 oz. London dry gin
- 0.5 oz. maraschino liqueur
- 0.75 oz. lemon juice
- 0.25 oz. crème de violette (optional)
- Brandied/maraschino Cherry for garnish
How it's made
Shake your ingredients with ice. Strain into a coupe and garnish with the cherry. We think of the cherry as the sun in your Aviation sky.