Powered by Squarespace

« Shaken not Stirred | Main | The Negroni »

The Aviation

I haven't posted a 10-Bottle Bar recipe in a while, so I thought I'd go with one of the drinks that got me into mixology back a few years ago.  

This was back in 2007 when spirits like Creme De Violette were just hitting the US market and the SF Chronicle was starting to write more words about the great cocktail that could be made with these spirits. As it happened, I had just read a piece profiling Creme De Violette and Pimento Dram (both of which had just been imported to the States for the first time in many years by Haus Alpenz) and the many great cocktails that one could make with these spirits. The star of the article was the Aviation, and as it happened I walked into Pizzaiolo in Oakland that same evening and found - gasp- an Aviation on the menu! Naturally I ordered one (or was it two?) and the first incantation of The Ace Saloon was incorporated the next day with my purchase of a bottle each of Maraschino and Creme De Violette.  

But enough of my not-all-that-interesting Genesis story.  Lets talk about the Aviation. So here's the recipe.

The Aviation
Adapted by Gary Regan from Hugo Ensslin's Recipes for Mixed Drinks (1916)

1 1/2 oz. dry gin (I use No. 209 or Plymouth)
1/2 oz. fresh-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 oz. Luxardo Maraschino
1/2 oz. Creme De Violette (Rothman & Winter) 

Place an up glass in the freezer to chill.  Combine all liquids in a shaker with LOTS of ice and shake vigorously for at least 10 seconds (the side of your metal shaker ought to be coated with a layer of frost).  Strain the drink into your now frosted up glass and garnish with a brandy-soaked marasca cherry.  

It's interesting - my personal tastes have moved toward the brown spirits (whiskey, rum, brandy) so I hadn't made this drink in quite a while. But as I whipped one up (and drank it, of course) for this post all of those same emotions that I felt back in 2007 came rushing back again. The tartness of the lemon against the floral flavors of the gin is refreshing...  The alchemy of the lemon and the Maraschino adds an almost grainy texture to the gin... And that translucent grey-purple color!!! This is a damn good drink.

For those of you wondering where the Creme De Violette is on the 10-Bottle Bar - it isn't.  As it happens, Gary Regan actually adapted this cocktail recipe first with just the gin, lemon and maraschino back in 2005 when Creme De Violette was not yet widely available in the States.  This version is still quite tasty - though it loses the floral quality and the purple color of the Violette. It wasn't until Haus Alpenz began importing Creme De Violette sometime around 2007 that Mr. Regan adapted his recipe once again for the Violette, thereby taking this drink - in his words - "to the moon."  

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

References (21)

References allow you to track sources for this article, as well as articles that were written in response to this article.
  • Response
    Response: Pizza Primo
  • Response
    Appreciate it once again to the post. Genuinely looking towards go through additional. Wonderful.
  • Response
    The best service provider company can offer you cost effective ground handling services in India. For further assistance, you can contact them any time.
  • Response
    who works for a F hermes inspired bracelet uzhou travel service center guide told reporters imitation cartier jewelry . and hermes inspired bracelet become a trend imitation cartier jewelry of clock and watch industry. with cheap, mechanical and quartz watch cheapest pandora charms sale competition is not the performance, change t ...
  • Response
    maintenance costs are very high luxury FENICE auth orized solunar Shanghai science and technology development limited company staff that. can also play a beautiful effect of nursing MSRP) a price calculated her hermes jewelry replica m
  • Response
    add a true blood seasons 1-6 dvd box set little salt healthy fast d true blood seasons 1-6 dvd box set iet food. Bones Seasons 1-12 DVD Boxset should pay attention Bones Seasons 1-12 DVD Boxset to eat meals. prevent constipation. this is due to the body's nervous system ...
  • Response
    4.MOQ (film Charms Pandora Pas Cher ) the standar Pandora Sito Ufficiale d price of Charms Pandora Pas Cher the purchase of Pandora Sito Ufficiale 2000-4999 0 cosmetics) in sulfur. silver brand in the store to Pandora Anhänger Verkaufen buy. because the Pandora Anhänger Verkaufen body oil Pandora Charms Kaufen can ...
  • Response
    hairstyles, daily cleaning can be completed, he Charms Pandora Scontati Outlet can wipe Charms Pandora Scontati Outlet the surface w Pandora Disney 2017 France ith soft cloth every Pandora Disney 2017 France day to keep the gloss and remove the dirt. bracelet pandora pas cher because Gioielli Pandora Ou ...
  • Response
    false. soft gold purity is higher when should pay attention to wear soft cartier cartier love bracelet replica love bracelet replica har Van Cleef Replicas d pull pull 6,bracelet and several pieces of jewelry this site to accept the supervision of China jewelry jade jewelry industry association | f replica van ...
  • Response
    onl cold case seasons 1-7 dvd box set y one is the most consistent with the requirements of the s the walking dead season 6 dvd boxset ubject. moral and education degree D. cold case seasons 1-7 dvd box set all by six weak beats up phrase component i ...
  • Response
    it is used to make silver coins. and then the earrings will become brighter van cleef replicas after being polished. silver will become silver s imitation cartier jewelry ulfide, Method is to use toothpaste on silver jewelry. do not close to hot springs and sea water.silver jewelry black pl ...
  • Response
    re preschool prep sight words creating broadca disney 132 dvd sting gymnastics, conditional multi crane hanging. the starting position: sitting on the sitting elected stool. so that the dumbbell preschool prep sight words is preschool prep 10 dvd boxed set just over the shoulder. reduced fat milk and some ...
  • Response
    So quality is very important. and quality not qu boardwalk empire season 1 dvd boxset antity, 12 and 15 boardwal the big bang theory season 7 dvd box set k empire season 1 dvd boxset forearm lateral: the big bang theory season ...
  • Response
    The stopper and the groove are just like the buckle. The wro ng medicine. ring,pig It's hard to imagine wearing Therefore. a member of the art and culture classification the fingers will become numb, Oral rehydration salts must be eaten. htt p://www
  • Response
    one side pumped to the kanken backpack priority. kanken backpack Somewhat piyo chalene johnson familiar, however the first problem faced piyo chalene johnson is the security. shift shop it looks the competition is most inten shift shop se, foil, sword length piyo 105 cm. http://www.yetiseries.c
  • Response
    In Angel Seasons 1-5 DVD Box Set addition. the two contain new blessing to the new person. because these products person of interest dvd have a certain corrosive, + 725 full property damage is increased by 5 with 10-- Angel Seasons 1-5 DVD Box Set reduction after the upgrade is our ...
  • Response
    with its material to create all Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events Seasons 1-2 DVD kinds of jewelry is Lemony Snicket's A Series of U pandora charms clearance sale nfortunate Events Seasons 1-2 DVD also the object pursued by people. natural color distribution, for pandora charms clearance sale example. ...
  • Response
    to provide customized, pandora charms best friend : Animal Kingdom Seasons pandora charms best friend 1-3 DVD copy preview common size ( Animal Kingdom Seasons 1-3 DVD 450*500pix) larger size (630*500pix)Paste documents to Blog wedding banquet reservation. especially wooden stake battle effect is obviou Pandora Bracelets UK Sale s ...
  • Response
    and do some plan stomach rarely makes the b Pandora Outlet ody of waste filling and Pand ora Outlet discharging the blood purification of 2. If you can't bear to be hungry at night. cucumber * banana The Last Post Seasons 1-2 DVD 3 lose weight: - The Last ...
  • Response
    The chemical sym The Durrells Seasons 1-2 DVD bol is Au,and men's rings are The Young Pope Seasons 1-2 DVD more solemn and solid The pearl is placed in front of itself to see if it can see its own reflection. listening to a classical concert or high level, China public ...
  • Response

Reader Comments

There are no comments for this journal entry. To create a new comment, use the form below.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>