Aviation is a historic cocktail, a concert of elegance, all centered on the pungent aroma of gin. Despite being a historic cocktail, today it is not one of the most famous, and it is a shame because when you smell this drink, you enter heaven!
History of the Aviation cocktail
The original recipe dates back to 1916, when Hugo Ensslin, barman of the Wallick Hotel in New York, expertly mixed gin, maraschino, fresh lemon juice and Crème de Violette, a violet liqueur with an enchanting scent that gives the drink a bluish color of great charm.
Unfortunately, given the scarce availability of Crème de Violette, the cocktail is almost always prepared “straight,” but if you can, get yourself a bottle and put it in the safe. It’s worth it. This makes the Aviation a unique cocktail for its charm and flavor. When you bring your nose to the glass, close your eyes and let yourself be titillated by the sweet delicacy of this drink, with the resinous tones of gin that intertwine with flowers, citrus returns and the sensual sweetness of maraschino.
Ingredients for making the Aviation cocktail
- 4.5 cl of gin
- 1,5 of maraschino
- 1.5 of fresh lemon juice
- 1.5 cl of Crème de Violette (if you can find it)
How to prepare the Aviation cocktail
Smooth Squeeze the juice of ripe lemon and strain it. Cool a glass with 3 ice cubes, put another 4 in the shaker, pour the gin, lemon juice, maraschino, crème de violette and shake for 30 seconds. Remove the ice from the cup and pour the cocktail, filtering with the strainer and savor the taste of heaven.