The Aviation is an oldie that took flight again around the cocktail boom of the early 2000’s. Hugo Ensslin gets the credit for the creation of the drink. He was the lead barman at the Wallick Hotel located on the Southeast corner of Broadway and 43rd in Manhattan. It was originally the Cadillac Hotel but changed to the Wallick in 1913. Then soon after went back to its original Cadillac name sometime after 1918. All we know is that the drink hails from the Wallick so we can assume the drink came to be between 1913 and 1918. Seeing as man's first flight had only occurred ten years before, it seems like a fitting name. He even published it in his own book Recipes for Mixed Drinks in 1916. As most cocktails do, this one has its peculiar quirks. Ensslin’s original recipe calls for gin, maraschino liqueur, and lemon juice with a touch of creme de violette. As time went on and other books got published, the purple stuff was left off the bill. It was hard to find at the time and still today finding a quality one is hard. I have always thought creme de violette smells like Tresemme shampoo but...that is my wonky nosethought creme de violette smells like Tresemme shampoo but...that is my wonky nose.
Add ice to a coupe glass to chill and rinse with Creme de Violette
Note: You must use a room temp glass and chill with ice and a mix of Creme de Violette. If you rinse in a glass out of the freezer the Violette will freeze to the side of the glass.
In a Cobbler Shaker:
45 ml Frozen Gin
10 ml Maraschino Liqueur
15 ml Lemon Juice
Shake with ice.
Dump out ice from the now chilled and rinsed glass.
Strain the drink into the coupe.
I know it will be seen as sacrilege but I like a grapefruit peel instead of a cherry.
Note: This drink should be blue-grayish not purpleish.
Bar To Home
A simple translation from bar to home.