© Lucas Allen
- TOTAL TIME: 5 MIN
- SERVINGS: Makes 1
The original, 1916 Aviation included crème de violette, a violet-flavored liqueur that tinted the drink a pale sky blue (hence the cocktail’s name, some say). Later, the liqueur became impossible to find in the US, and a version without it became the standard. Ironically, at least three new brands of the liqueur have launched within the last decade.
2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
3/8 ounce maraschino liqueur
3/8 ounce crème de violette (violet liqueur)
1 sour cherry, preferably marasca, for garnish (optional)
- In a cocktail shaker, combine the gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur and violet liqueur. Fill the shaker with ice and shake well. Strain into a chilled coupe and garnish with the cherry.