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.