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The Aviation cocktail is a classic. This pre-prohibition favorite fell out of style for many years but has recently made a resurgence as a result of the speakeasy/classics movement. This drink first appeared in a 1916 cocktail book, although it was allegedly created at a bar in New York City even earlier, dating back to early in the first decade of the 20th century.
The original version of the Aviation cocktail included gin, maraschino liqueur, lemon juice, and creme de violette. However, in the famous Savoy cocktail book of the 1930’s, the Creme de Violette, which was (and still is) difficult to find, was omitted. That left us with the trustworthy combination of maraschino, gin, and lemon.
Although you can still find a number of variations on this drink, the proportions that I think work best are 2/.75/.75. Early recipes called for only a dash of Maraschino liqueur, but I like the balance of the peppery sweet from the maraschino against the tartness of the lemon. It really is a lovely concoction.
So, without further ado, here is a recipe for you to enjoy.
2 oz Dry Gin, Plymouth is my gin of choice for this cocktail
0.75 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
0.75 oz Lemon Juice