Last night, as I was noodling on ideas for this week’s cocktail, the hubby requested something with gin. I was itching to use my new maraschino liqueur, too, since I was finally able to track it down.* The perfect combination was obvious: the Aviation, a classic cocktail I have tried and failed to replicate before.
* Spec’s, huzzah! Twin Liquors (a local chain) is great for run-of-the-mill stuff, but I’ve had to get the new lay of the land on speciality liquor stores since moving here.
You may remember that last time I went on the hunt for maraschino liqueur, I came home with Cherry Heering instead. I’ve enjoyed it, and I plan to experiment with it more, but it isn’t maraschino liqueur. With the real stuff (although still lacking Crème de Violette), I was able to make a real Aviation cocktail this time, and it was utterly delicious, if I do say so myself. The hubby agreed.
Now all I have to do is hunt down some Crème de Violette (or Crème Yvette, which is similar, and with which I am a little obsessed after reading Boozehound) to add the dash of sky blue color from which the Aviation derives its name.
- 2 oz dry gin
- ½ oz maraschino liqueur, such as Luxardo
- ¾ oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
- two dashes Crème de Violette or Crème Yvette (optional)
- lemon twist, for garnish
- Combine the gin, maraschino liqueur and lemon juice in a shaker filled with ice.
- Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a lemon twist.