We’ll Start with a Classic: Aviation

I’ll start off how I was reminded how good an Aviation cocktail tastes.  We spent New Year in Las Vegas and whilst we were visiting each and every hotel we sat down in a nice bar (STACK @ Mirage) and had a browse through the cocktail menu, there it was sat perched at the top of the menu in big bold letters AVIATION.  I hadn’t had one for a while so thought I would sample the delights the drink has to offer and yes, it was fantastic.  Thumbs up to the bartender, great drink!  There are of course different variations to the drink, I have been reading up on the Aviation and it was first publicised in Recipes For Mixed Drinks in 1916 by Hugo Ensslin.  We will come on to Hugo Ensslin’s classic recipe in a moment.

Common Aviation Cocktail

Most Common Aviation Recipe

This recipe is commonly found in decent bars throughout the world and is featured in the 1930′s Savoy Cocktail Book.  The image above doesn’t have the blue tint the original Aviation takes the form of, however, this cocktail does have some substance and great flavours.  The brandied cherry in the bottom of the glass  is a delight to eat after finishing the drink.

Recipe

2/3 oz dry gin
1/3 oz lemon juice
2 dashes of maraschino liqueur

Method

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass

Garnish

Either a lemon twist or brandied cherry in the base of the glass.

The Classic Aviation Cocktail

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The Classic Aviation Recipe

This recipe stems back to 1916 and has a different body and taste compared to the recipe feature in the Savoy Cocktail Book.  As you can see from the image above, the crème de violette gives it that blue’y / violette colour.  Crème de violette is a difficult find in shops throughout the UK but we’re trying our very best to get some in at the store (alcohols coming soon) so you can sample the delights of this cocktail.

Recipe

2 oz El Bart gin
½ oz maraschino liqueur
½ oz fresh lemon juice
¼ oz crème de violette

Method

Add all ingredients to shaker with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass

Garnish

Either a lemon twist or brandied cherry in the base of the glass.

Both versions are certainly worth trying and the type of Gin you use is important too.  I’ve heard good things about a range of Gins, each to their own I guess.  Well thats it for the first post of 2010.  Here’s to many more! Cheers!

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