Aviation Cocktail (Difford's recipe)

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There are approximately 173 calories in one serving of Aviation Cocktail (Difford's recipe).

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Serve in a

Coupe glass


Lemon zest twist (& optional sugar rim)

How to make:

SHAKE all ingredients with ice and fine strain into chilled glass.

1 3/4 fl oz Rutte Dry Gin
1/2 fl oz Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
1/4 fl oz Crème de violette liqueur
1/2 fl oz Lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
1/4 fl oz Chilled water (omit if using wet ice)

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Citrus, floral gin with a slightly sour finish.

The recipe above has been my preferred recipe for some years. However, in early 2020, I decided that the maraschino and violet were overly dominant so in a quest for harmony I reduced these to allow botanical gin notes to emerge. I then rebalanced with 5ml sugar.

45 ml Dry gin
12.5 ml Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
5 ml Crème de violette
15 ml Lemon juice
5 ml Sugar syrup
10 ml Chilled water (omit if wet ice)

Thanks to comments and emails, several months after, I came to my senses and reverted to my original recipe.


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An adaptation of Hugo R. Ensslin's Aviation Cocktail from his 1916 Recipes for Mixed Drinks by yours truly.

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