Monday, May 9, 2011

The Aviation Cocktail of the 1920's prohibition era, recipe and information.

Cocktails of the Prohibition Era: How to make The Aviation cocktail drink.

I finally had a chance to try a real Aviation cocktail last week at a modern speak easy in Omaha, NE. The name of the juke joint is the Sidedoor, I lounge that i really adore. The bartender or better titled mixologist really knew his stuff. I will write a review on that later.  All I can say is wow, what a classic, I never tasted anything quit like that before. This is one amazing drink that you have to enjoy for yourself.

The Aviation was invented by Hugo Ensslin, who was the head bartender at Hotel Wallick in New York. The Aviation was first seen published in Ensslin's 1916 "Recipes for Mixed Drinks". 

The original Ensslin's recipe was made with El Bart gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, and crème de violette. Crème de violette is a violet liqueur which colors the cocktail a pale sky-blueish color.

Later recipes omitted the crème de violette, because it was so hard to find, useing for a mixture of two-thirds dry gin, one-third lemon juice, and two dashes of maraschino.

Aviation Cocktail  Recipe: 
• 2 oz. Gin (Tanqueray Gin, Bombay Sapphire Gin , Hendrick's , Gordon's London Dry, etc.)
• 1/2 oz. Fresh lemon juice
• 1/2 oz. Maraschino liqueur (Luxardo Maraschino Cherry Liqueur, Maraska Maraschino, Luxardo Maraschino, etc.)
• 1/4 oz. Crème de violette (Rothman & Winter Crème De Violette, Pages Parfait Amour Creme De Violette, etc)

Add all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with ice cubes. 
Shake until cold.
Strain into cocktail glass. 
Garnish the Aviation with a cherry.

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