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"The Aviation is one of those gin classics that is revered by bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts the world over.."

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Aviation

So named for its pale lavender hue, which is said to resemble the colour of the sky, the Aviation is a classic and delicious gin cocktail.

Method

Chill a martini glass in the freezer, or fill it with ice.

Take your Boston glass or small tin and, using your jigger to measure, add the gin to the shaker.

Using a bar spoon (5ml) to measure, add the marschino and violette to your shaker.

Using your Mexican elbow and jigger to measure, squeeze 20ml of lemon juice and add to the shaker.

Fill your shaker with cubed ice, and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold.

Remove your martini glass from the freezer, or empty ice if necessary.

Using your Hawthorne strainer and your fine strainer, double strain the cocktail into your chilled martini glass.

Garnish with a thin, trimmd lemon twist.

Serve and enjoy!

History

The Aviation is a cocktail first invented by Hugo Ennslin, the head bartender at Hotel Wallick in New York in the early 20th Century. It is a slight variation of another cocktail called “Blue Moon”, with the addition of Maraschino liqueur marking them apart.

This cocktail is a riff on a gin sour with the addition of Maraschino instead of simple syrup as a sweetener. It’s a floral, dry, delicate cocktail that all gin drinkers will like. Good for springtime and dreaming of flying off on your holidays.

It is so called because of the pale blue hue given to the drink by the Creme de Violette, celebrating the glamorous hayday of air travel.

Named the aviation because of the colour given to the cocktail by the addition of crème De Violette. No surprise then that the aviation was invented during the heyday of luxury air travel.

Allergens
No common allergens to be found, although, since every body is different, we advise you check out this recipe's ingredients list just to be sure!
Ingredients

40ml Gin

10ml Maraschino Liqueur

5ml Crème de Violette

20ml Lemon Juice

Lemon Twist to garnish

Times:

Prep: 2 Minutes

Make: 30 Seconds

Total: 2 Minutes and 30 Seconds

Calories:

173 Calories

Servings:

Serves 1

Method

Chill a martini glass in the freezer, or fill it with ice.

Take your Boston glass or small tin and, using your jigger to measure, add the gin to the shaker.

Using a bar spoon (5ml) to measure, add the marschino and violette to your shaker.

Using your Mexican elbow and jigger to measure, squeeze 20ml of lemon juice and add to the shaker.

Fill your shaker with cubed ice, and shake vigorously for 10-15 seconds or until your tin is very cold.

Remove your martini glass from the freezer, or empty ice if necessary.

Using your Hawthorne strainer and your fine strainer, double strain the cocktail into your chilled martini glass.

Garnish with a thin, trimmd lemon twist.

Serve and enjoy!

History

The Aviation is a cocktail first invented by Hugo Ennslin, the head bartender at Hotel Wallick in New York in the early 20th Century. It is a slight variation of another cocktail called “Blue Moon”, with the addition of Maraschino liqueur marking them apart.

This cocktail is a riff on a gin sour with the addition of Maraschino instead of simple syrup as a sweetener. It’s a floral, dry, delicate cocktail that all gin drinkers will like. Good for springtime and dreaming of flying off on your holidays.

It is so called because of the pale blue hue given to the drink by the Creme de Violette, celebrating the glamorous hayday of air travel.

Named the aviation because of the colour given to the cocktail by the addition of crème De Violette. No surprise then that the aviation was invented during the heyday of luxury air travel.

Allergens
No common allergens to be found, although, since every body is different, we advise you check out this recipe's ingredients list just to be sure!
Recommended

The Aviation is one of those gin classics that is revered by bartenders and cocktail enthusiasts the world over.

This drink makes the perfect inclusion on a classically styled, gin-based menu, and is particularly suited to those who are serious about their cocktails. So If you want a touch of classical class in your mobile bar hire an Aviation may be the drink for you.

The defining ingredient in an Aviation is crème de violette, this lavender flavoured liqueur gives the drink its distinct, pale purple colour and its sweet, herbal taste. Many other classic gin drinks lean into the floral, botanical notes of the spirit and there are some fantastic cocktails similar to the aviation that you may like to serve alongside it.

We asked Sasa, the bar manager at TT Liquor what he would include on a menu designed around an Aviation. He had this to say:

“I’d say… A Last Word, or a Corpse Reviver No.2” (both classic, gin drinks, with herbaceous flavours, served in martini glasses) “A Last Word is my favourite cocktail and for me, it’s the perfect gin drink. If you like a well-balanced mixture of sweetness, bitterness and a nice kick of gin, with the cherry coming through underneath. You can’t do better.”

The Last Word is a classic combination of gin, lime juice, maraschino liqueur and green Chartreuse, (a bitter, French, herbal liqueur) mixed in equal parts and often garnished with a maraschino cherry. Cocktails like the Aviation and Last Word are certainly aimed at more experienced cocktail drinkers. The strange herbal combinations are loved by bartenders but might be a bit of an acquired taste to the more casual drinker.

If you want to include some more accessible gin drinks in your menu but stick with the classic theme you might want to include a Bramble or a Tom Collins: a classic mix of gin, lemon and sugar topped with soda water.

If you’re interested in creating a menu for your bar hire that includes the Aviation and want to know more about what drinks to serve alongside it make sure to speak to your event organiser about your options or check out some other gin-based, classic and Martini-style cocktails from our list.

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