Picture this, it is the late 1920’s, you are in the lavish bar of the newly built Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan. Everyone around you is dressed to the nines, men in suits, woman in beautiful dresses and fancy hats. You are celebrating the remarkable feats of Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, and drinking the “Aviation” cocktail….

An old add from the 1920’s (Google Images)

Jump ahead 90 years (a recent trip to NYC), still in the Rooesvelt, surrounded by a wedding party (complete with suits and fancy hats), and celebrating the running of the of KY derby and still drinking the “Aviation” cocktail, you can kind of get the idea and feel of how this almost lost drink can put you in a different time and place….

The Aviation Cocktail

  • 2 oz Bar Hill Gin
  • ½–¾ oz fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ oz maraschino liqueur (Luxardo)
  • ¼ oz crème de violette (Rothman & Winter)

Shake with ice all but the crème de violette  (shake really hard. You want lots of little shards of ice in the drink), strain into a well-chilled cocktail glass. Gently pour the crème de violette down the inside of the glass, so it sits on the bottom. Garnish with brandied cherry.

So whether you are dressing to the nines to taste a lavender colored cocktail, or in a sweaty T-shirt in need of relief from the heat and sweat of stacking hay, try this old time drink, share with friends.

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