It’s Friday, and I’ve missed a couple weeks of Friday Cocktails but I am making it up with a whammy of a cocktail that I’ve recently fallen in love with. The Aviator was presented to me last Sunday evening and upon the first sip I knew it would be a keeper.
To back up a bit, I was given a bottle of Luxardo maraschino liqueur for my birthday by my neighbors because I love all things cherry. Lest you think this is some neon-red concoction full of artificial everything, you should know that maraschino liqueur is a clear liqueur made from special maraschino cherries that has been produced by Luxardo (first in convents in Croatia, then in Italy) since the early 1800’s. It’s got a fantastic flavor profile and while it is sweet, it’s not cloyingly so.
Since that fateful gift, I have sought out any cocktail I could find that features my new favorite liqueur. I looked at a cocktail menu last Sunday and there it was: The Aviator. I love the bright flavor from the fresh squeezed lemons. I love the crispiness of the gin. And I love the sweetness from the maraschino liqueur. My husband, who doesn’t love sweet drinks, thought it was really nice.
I am planning on making this for friends over the long holiday weekend and will look forward to hearing what they think.
One note: some versions of the Aviation include Crème de Violette to make it blue like the sky. I haven’t tried that version, and since I love the Aviation the way I tried it, I think i’ll keep it that way.
So, here it is. Buckle up, this is a strong cocktail that is best sipped!
- 1 1/2 ounces gin
- 3/4 ounce maraschino liqueur
- 3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
- Maraschino cherry (optional)
Add all the ingredients to a shaker and fill with ice.
Shake, and strain into a cocktail glass. I like to pour it over an ice ball so that it stays nice and cold.
Garnish with a cherry if desired.
NOTE: I have not been compensated for mentioning Luxardo in my post. I simply really enjoy the product!
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