The original, 1916 version of the Aviation included creme de violette, a violet-flavored liqueur that tinted the drink a pale sky blue (hence its name, some say). Not much later, the liqueur became nearly impossible to find in the US, and this version of the drink--without any creme de violette--became the standard. (Ironically, at least three new brands of creme de violette have launched within the last decade.)

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  • Ice
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • 1/2 ounce maraschino liqueur
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 lemon twist, for garnish

How to make this recipe

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, maraschino liqueur and lemon juice and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with the lemon twist.
Photo © Lucas Allen Published April 2012

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