Aviation Cocktail (Serves 1)
This could well be my new, favourite tipple!… Despite this cocktail being around since the 1920s, I only discovered it recently. It’s an old-fashioned cocktail from a bygone age when air travel was a glamourous luxury; it was called the ‘Aviation’ due to its pale sky-blue colour. The colour actually depends on the crème de violette you use, some have a very strong violet colour, I used Giffords. The important thing is of course the Aviation’s fantastic flavour; the floral notes of the crème de violette combined with the maraschino liqueur elegantly balance the gin base of this wonderful cocktail. One sip and you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into the era of the Great Gatsby!…
15ml maraschino liqueur (here)
10ml crème de violette (here)
25ml lemon juice, freshly squeezed
A handful of ice
Garnish: a curl of lemon rind or a brandied cherry
- Add the gin, maraschino liqueur, crème de violette and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker with a handful of ice. Shake for about 15 seconds until the shaker is cold.
- Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish with a curl of lemon rind or a brandied cherry.
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