The Aviation is hard to resist: It’s tasty, has a great history and is also really, really pretty.
This once-forgotten classic has made quite a comeback in the past decade, because we all love this one. Don’t we?
The first Aviation recipes had just three ingredients: gin, maraschino liqueur and lemon juice. This conforms to the formula of a sour – a base spirit, a sweet ingredient and a sour ingredient.
But then another Aviation recipe was discovered, with a mysterious fourth ingredient: crème de violette.
This floral liqueur adds a new twist to what would otherwise be more like a gin sour. The Aviation is a crisp, bright and lively gin cocktail, but the floral notes from the crème de violette are what make it unique and beloved, and give it that lovely pale lavender color.
Do a Google search for “Aviation cocktail” and you’ll see a lot of photos of drinks that are intens purple. This is not the right color.
If you make an Aviation with the proper proportions and shake it properly, you’ll wind up with a drink that is more blue-gray (or pale lavender) than bright purple. It’s the color of the sky at dusk, which allegedly inspired the name of the drink.
45 ml Gin
15 ml Maraschino Luxardo
15 ml Fresh Lemon Juice
5 ml Crème de Violette
Optional: Maraschino or Revolutioncherry as garnish.