Happy New Year! I’m starting the new year off with a classic beauty, the Aviation. This is a great cocktail, its looks good, is easy to make and it’s very tasty. I used Ford’s Gin instead of the classic Tanqueray, because I’m trying to use up some of my gin library (so I can get some new gin, obviously). I think you could use any London Dry gin that you happen to have on hand, of course you’ll probably have to go out to pick up a bottle of the Creme de Violette any way so…
If you know anything about Creme de Violette it’s probably that it can be a bit soapy. I personally think that the trick to this cocktail is to properly dilute it while shaking.
2 oz. gin
.75 oz. lemon juice
.5 oz. Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
.25 oz. Rothman & Winter Creme de violette
Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake until chilled and slightly diluted.