Old Hat…Modern Palate: Aviation


     In these series of quick posts, I will give you my, key word is “my,” modern-day palate interpretations of some much loved classic cocktails.  The Aviation will be on the chopping block today.  David Wondrich and his book Killer Cocktails lists the Aviation as follows:

     The original 1916 recipe used half as much maraschino and added a teaspoon of creme de violette, giving it a sky-blue tint.


2 oz. Gin

2 teaspoons Maraschino Liqueur

.75 oz. Lemon Juice

Shake and stain into a chilled glass

     Without taking away anything from Mr. Wondrich and this amazing cocktail book, I find this cocktail WAAAAAAAY too sour for our modern palates.  I also find, eventhough maraschino is such a robust flavor, it doesnt hold up enough to the amount of gin and lemon juice provided in the recipe above.  Here is my interpretation:


2 oz. Plymouth Gin

.75 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

.5 oz. Simple Syrup

.25 oz. Luxardo Maraschino

1 teaspoon Creme de Violette

Shake and stain into a chilled glass

     If Creme de Violette is unavailable, Parfait Amour can be used in a pinch…though the ending result in flavor will be much more candied than floral.


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4 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. one of my favorite cocktails!!

  2. Chad,Chad,Chad…you had to post the cocktail that got me into vintage and craft cocktails in the first place…now I’m going to have to have you make me one at Bryant’s!

  3. I would love to Stan…anytime.

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