Aviation Cocktail No. 1 and No. 2

Sampling the Aviation Cocktail - Aviation No. 1 uses Gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur and is served in a martini glass. Aviation No. 2 adds creme de violette for tiny bit smoother finish. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin [photo 090]

Sampling the Aviation Cocktail – Aviation No. 1 uses Gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur and is served in a martini glass. Aviation No. 2 adds creme de violette for tiny bit smoother finish. – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin [photo 090]

The Aviation cocktail reminds me a little of a Mojito or Daiquiri even though both of those drink recipes begin with rum rather than gin. Each of these drinks highlights the base spirit with a slight play on one additional flavor and tartness factor. Mojitos are sweeter with minty freshness playing up the rum. Daiquiris utilize lime tartness with simple sweetness for fresh factor that plays wonderfully with your favorite rum. The same is true for the Aviation Cocktail. Gin flavors primary with subtle hint of Maraschino and terrific balanced tartness.

August 19 is National Aviation Day in the United States. Aviation Day celebrates the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday. The day also pays tribute to all the men and women who made early aviation a reality. Here at The Intoxicologist we raise our glass in toast by way of the Aviation Cocktail and all flight worthy cocktails. Cheers!

Aviation Cocktail No. 1

Aviation Cocktail - Aviation No. 1 uses Gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur and is served in a martini glass. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

Aviation Cocktail – Aviation No. 1 uses Gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur and is served in a martini glass. – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

Aviation No. 1

2 ounces Gin

3/4 ounce Lemon Juice

2 Bar Spoons Maraschino Liqueur

Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Aviation No. 1 leans toward tart, but with nice balance. This is definitely not too sweet. The recipe allows gin to shine through as primary, so choose a gin with flavor notes you really like.

Aviation Cocktail No. 2

Aviation Cocktail - Aviation No. 2 uses Gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, creme de violette and is served in a martini glass. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

Aviation Cocktail – Aviation No. 2 uses Gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, creme de violette and is served in a martini glass. – photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

Aviation No. 2

2 ounces Gin

3/4 ounce Lemon Juice

2 Bar Spoons Maraschino Liqueur

1 Bar Spoon Crème de Violette

Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend and chill. Strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with maraschino cherry.

Aviation No. 2 is a smoother version of the Aviation cocktail. This is rather nice. This version is only slightly sweeter than the Aviation No. 1. I think Aviation No. 2 is probably my preference of the two versions due to the smooth factor. There is wee less lemon sour. Almost a hint of vanilla smoothness in the taste.

Aviation Cocktail Stock Photography Availability

Aviation Cocktail - Aviation No. 2 uses Gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, creme de violette and is served in a martini glass. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin Aviation Cocktail - Aviation No. 1 uses Gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur and is served in a martini glass. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin  Aviation Cocktail - Aviation No. 1 uses Gin, lemon juice, maraschino liqueur and is served in a martini glass. - photo by Mixologist Cheri Loughlin

There are ten Aviation Cocktail images available in the Stock Photography Gallery for personal and commercial use. Click on the images above for direct access to their location and the location of the remaining seven images. Link takes you to the Stock Photography Gallery at www.cheriloughlin.com. Beverage photography images are available in a variety of resolution sizes and priced affordably to fit a wide range of budgets.

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