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. Slideshow:  Classic CocktailsRecipe from Food & Wine Cocktails 2015 

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Recipe Summary

total:
5 mins
Yield:
Makes 1
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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