Three Ways To Make An Aviation

Three Ways To Make An Aviation

 

The Aviation dates back to the early twentieth century, and is credited to Hugo Ensslin, the head bartender at New York’s Hotel Wallick. His recipe, first published in 1916, called for 1 ½ ounces of El Bart gin, ¾ ounce fresh lemon juice, 2 dashes of Maraschino liqueur, and 2 dashes of creme de violette. Creme de violette is a liqueur that was nearly impossible to get in the United States for many years, and is even fairly uncommon in Europe. Made with a neutral spirit or brandy base, creme de violette takes its flavor and striking purple color from violet flowers. Sweet and floral, creme de violette dates back to the 19th century and was typically used as a digestif. Luckily for you (and many American bartenders over the years), there are a few ways to prepare an Aviation without that hard-to-find ingredient.

 

Classic Aviation

 

Looking to recreate the original drink for a high-class cocktail experience at home? Below we’ve listed the perfect recipe for an Aviation:

 

 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake vigorously for about a minute.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a Maraschino or brandied cherry, or a lemon twist.

 

Moonlight Cocktail

 

This simple variation is attributed to bartending legend and author Gary “Gaz” Regan. Just a few swaps to the traditional recipe makes this a great way to enjoy a beautiful light purple cocktail in case you’re missing a few ingredients.

 

  • 1 ½ ounces of gin
  • ½ ounce Cointreau
  • ½ ounce creme de violette
  • ½ ounce fresh squeezed lime juice
  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake vigorously for about a minute.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with an orange or lime twist.

 

Aviation In Bloom

 

Our last recipe for you is a CW&S original creation! We swap out the creme de violette for another floral liqueur, Lillet Rose French Aperitif, giving this aviator a stunning pink hue instead of the traditional light purple. Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin gives complexity to the floral character of this cocktail, and Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin adds the needed cherry flavor with a bit of a twist.

 

  • 1 ½ ounces of Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin
  • ½ ounce of Luxardo Sour Cherry Gin
  • ½ ounce of Lillet Rose French Aperitif
  • ½ ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice.

 

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake vigorously for about a minute.
  2. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  3. Garnish with a real Luxardo Maraschino Cherry.

 

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