The Aviation is a classic gin cocktail dating back to the turn of the 20th century, and it first appeared in Huge Enslinn’s book “Recipes for Mixed Drinks” in 1916 while he was tending bar at New York City’s Hotel Wallick. In the ensuing decades, it was all but forgotten. That’s because one of the drink’s primary ingredients, crème de violette liqueur, disappeared from the market during the 1960s.
2 ounces gin
1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
1/4 ounce crème de violette
3/4 ounce lemon juice, freshly squeezed
Garnish: brandied cherry
Add the gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette and lemon juice to a shaker with ice and shake until well-chilled.
Strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a brandied cherry.