Happy weekend, and welcome back to 3-Ingredient Happy Hour, the weekly drink column featuring super simple yet delicious libations. This week we’re making a streamlined version of one of my favorite gin cocktails: the aviation.
Most aviation recipes call for gin, lemon, maraschino liqueur and creme de violette (or Creme Yvette), but that’s too many ingredients for our purposes, and I like maraschino too much to obscure it with another, fairly assertive liqueur. The dry sour cherry liqueur is surprisingly refreshing and subtly sweet, with a hint of bitter almond to round it out. When paired with gin and fresh lemon, these flavors really shine, giving you a brilliant summer sipper. To make one, you will need:
Add everything to a shaker with ice and shake it up until it’s too cold to hold. Strain your beverage into a coupe glass, and try not to guzzle it down too quickly.