3-Ingredient Happy Hour: A Pared Down Aviation Cocktail

Claire Lower 05/05/2018. 6 comments
Aviation Cocktail Cocktails Booze Drinks Gin Maraschino

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:

  • 1 1/2 ounce London dry gin (Honestly though, you can use any gin you like. I’ve made this with my pineapple gin and found it to be pleasing.)
  • 3/4 ounce Luxardo maraschino liqueur
  • 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice

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.

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