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Aviation cocktail


Before we get to the recipe itself, you do of course remember our visit with Mr. Potato Head on his birthday, May 1. With that in mind when we note that the ingredients of an Aviation include a base spirit, a sour element and a sweetener you immediately recognize it as a variation on a classic sour. Same family as a whiskey sour (whiskey, lemon juice, sugar), a daiquiri (rum, lime juice, sugar), a margarita (tequila, lime juice, triple sec) or a Sidecar (cognac, lemon, Cointreau). As Mr. Potato Head noted, most great cocktail recipes are just a variation on a theme. And the Aviation is just a variation on a gin sour. Here’s how you do it:
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  • Nick and Nora or coupe glass


  • 1.5 oz Gin the spirit
  • ½ oz Lemon juice the sour
  • ½ Luxardo Maraschino liqueur sweetener
  • ¼ oz Crème de Violette liqueur sweetener
  • Garnish: cherry


  • Shake with ice, strain into your Nick and Nora or coupe glass.
  • Drink.