Essential Cocktails: The (Tweaked) Aviation

Tweaked Aviation

Josh and I are returning to our abandoned blog to post, among other San Francisco and home adventures, a series about what we consider our essential cocktails—tried-and-true favorite drinks that you can make at home with affordable ingredients.

So when Josh asked for something refreshing this evening, I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to kick this thing off and turned right to the Aviation.

The problem? Well, I started to tweak it.

The modern classic version typically calls for four ingredients: gin, maraschino liquer, lemon, and creme de violette (a fragrant purple liquer that indeed tastes like the delicate flower).

Though I had planned to follow the classic recipe, as I built the cocktail in the shaker, I started to recall my typical experience with Aviations—that is, they just taste too sour.

And thus I found my hands deviating from the typical order of things. We ended up with the following:


  • 2 oz of gin (typically, I would use 1.5 oz, but my citrus today was particularly sour. I compensated with more base spirit)
  • .5 oz lemon
  • .5 oz Demerara simple syrup (1:1)
  • .25 oz Luxardo maraschino liquer
  • 1 dash Angostura bitters

Rinse: R&W Creme de Violette

Shaken and poured up in a coup glass.

I was actually pleasantly surprised that adding simple syrup compensated for the tartness I've tasted before, and the ango gave a nice balance—a particularly helpful complement to the Creme de Violette which can be too fragrant and overpowering.

Has anyone else tweaked the Avaiation in a similar fashion?

Cross posted from The Joy of Drinking.

2 responses
Well, I'm not sure I was on theme, but I had something to say about this on several sites. But then there are several themes here. My posterous seems to have suffered memory loss: Have you been inviting it to drink? I've told it "Remember me" several times today alone (you know how I hate to do that sort of thing in public). Cheers! :)
Ernie - Cheers!