The classic Aviation cocktail is simple, well balanced and refreshing, plus it’s crafted with ingredients that one can easily obtain: gin, fresh lemon juice and maraschino liqueur.

Like many classic cocktails, history of the Aviation’s origin is a bit cloudy, but according to David Wondrich’s Imbibe, the recipe was first printed in 1916 in Recipes for Mixed Drinks by Hugo Ensslin.

The Aviation

2 1/2 ounces gin
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
3 dashes maraschino liqueur

Shake all ingredients with ice, and strain into a cocktail glass.  Garnish with a twist of lemon.

Written by Kevin Gray

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