Aviation
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Aviation
Cocktail recipe

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The Aviation cocktail is a classic and refreshing drink that dates back to the early 1900s. It was created by Hugo Ensslin, a bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New ... more The Aviation cocktail is a classic and refreshing drink that dates back to the early 1900s. It was created by Hugo Ensslin, a bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York City. The cocktail gets its name from the striking blue hue, reminiscent of the sky, that is achieved by a splash of Creme De Violette. This floral and slightly sweet liqueur pairs perfectly with the sharpness of gin and the tartness of lemon juice. The addition of Maraschino cherry liqueur adds a subtle hint of cherry to the mix, creating a complex and balanced flavour profile. The Aviation is a beloved cocktail among gin lovers, known for its smooth and refreshing taste with a hint of floral and fruity notes. This classic cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking to explore the world of mixology.
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Cocktail cherry
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26.25% | 2.1 units *

Cocktail glass

Ingredients

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15ml ½oz 1.5cl
45ml 1½oz 4.5cl
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Cocktail Colin says:

5/5

The Aviation is a fascinating dance of gin’s botanical sharpness mellowed by the sweet, nuanced whispers of maraschino and crème de violette, each sip a tribute to early 20th-century elegance. The creamy tartness of lemon juice contrasts delightfully with the deeper floral tones, making this sky-hued drink a timeless classic that truly lets its ingredients soar in unison.

Method
How to make a Aviation

Serves 1 · Takes 3 minutes
Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake well
Strain into a chilled cocktail glass
Garnish with a maraschino cherry and serve
~ This recipe is best when you use maraschino cherry liqueur, and not just plain cherry liqueur. ~

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FAQ's

ORIGINS_HISTORY

What is the history behind the Aviation cocktail?

The Aviation cocktail is a classic cocktail dating back to the early 20th century, first appearing in Hugo Ensslin's 1916 recipe book 'Recipes for Mixed Drinks'. It's believed to be named for the sky-blue color given by the Crème de Violette, reminiscent of the early days of aviation.

FAQ

How does the Crème de Violette affect the taste of the Aviation cocktail?

Crème de Violette is a violet-flavored liqueur that adds a subtle floral sweetness to the Aviation cocktail. Its unique flavor is crucial to the drink's distinctive taste and appearance, offering depth and a hint of perfume without overwhelming the other ingredients.

INGREDIENT_SUBSTITUTIONS

Can I make an Aviation cocktail without Crème de Violette?

While Crème de Violette is key to the classic Aviation recipe for both color and taste, some variations omit it, leaning more on the maraschino liqueur for sweetness. However, this will result in a different flavor profile and the cocktail will lack its characteristic lavender hue.

INGREDIENT_SPECIFICS

What type of gin is best for making an Aviation cocktail?

A dry gin, preferably one with floral or citrus botanicals, is ideal for an Aviation cocktail. These gins complement the floral notes of the Crème de Violette and the tartness of the lemon juice, creating a balanced and aromatic drink.

NON_ALCOHOLIC_VARIATIONS

Is there a non-alcoholic version of the Aviation cocktail?

Yes, a non-alcoholic version of the Aviation can be made using non-alcoholic gin and maraschino cherry syrup in place of the liqueur. While there's no direct substitute for Crème de Violette, a combination of non-alcoholic lavender or violet syrup with a touch of food coloring can recreate the look and some of the flavor. Keep in mind, the taste will differ from the alcoholic version.

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