My first encounter with the Aviation cocktail was when Raymond Reddington (TV show “Blacklist”) upgraded Liz’s boring glass of chardonnay with a beautiful blue/purple cocktail that “tastes like Spring”.
I drove to my local bar specifically to order one, took a sip, and I’ve made many Aviation cocktails ever since.
Four ingredients, made easily, enjoyed immediately. This is why I love classic cocktails, including this beauty from the 1920s.
A friend of mine sent me this hilarious video about how Aviation gin is made, in glorious, movie magic-quality detail. The story is narrated by Ryan Reynolds, the owner, whose tears are used to mist the citrus grown for the gin.
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Who knew making gin could be so holistic and soul-affirming?
I didn’t, until I saw how gin distillers would begin each day with four hours of silent meditation. This is followed by the eco-friendly harvest of organic botanical ingredients, which are “humanely caught, cage-free, and grain fed”. Mindfulness is integrated into their treatment of the noble juniper berries, by apologizing to each one before beating the hell out of them. And after each precious bottle is blessed by the church, they’re serenaded with Sarah McLachlan tunes.
Seriously, you have to watch this video! Then make yourself a beautiful, delicious Aviation cocktail with my personal recipe below. Cheers!
Aviation Cocktail Recipe
• 2 oz light, floral gin (Aviation, Bombay Sapphire, etc.)
• 1/2 oz Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
• 1/4 oz fresh squeezed lemon juice
• 1/4 oz creme de violette
Combine ingredients and shake well with plenty of ice. Strain into a cocktail glass. Then, if you’d like, drop a single brandied cherry at the bottom.