It’s delicious, it goes down easy, it packs a punch and is simply a classic cool cocktail. Created by Hugo Ensslin, the head bartender at the Hotel Wallick in New York, the first published recipe for the drink appeared in his 1916 Recipes for Mixed Drinks.

Fast forward through one pandemic, and 100+ years later, here we are, social distancing and adapting to the new normal. Why not drink one in style, even if it’s in your cars? That’s how we roll!

THE AVIATION COCKTAIL
1 oz lemon per person (juice of one whole lemon for two)
2 oz gin per person (4 oz for two)
1/2 oz Luxardo (1 oz for two)
1/4 oz (1/2 oz for two) crème de violette

Squeeze, shake, serve, garnish with a cherry. At home, I serve them straight up in a cocktail glass. But it’s been so blazin’ hot here, we had ours over ice this weekend. Either way, they’re delicious and so fruity, it’s like a refreshing glass of adult punch. CLINQUE!

Cheers to good friends–even at a distance!

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Ciao, amici! Come stai? It’s been a wild ride these past few months, but I’m happy to report I’m back on track. Cheers! Let’s shake it up with a favorite classic cocktail, the Aviation. It’s old school cool with a new twist, using the majestically purple-hued Empress 1908 gin. So, as the Empress folks say, let’s live colourfully!

THE AVIATION
4 oz. Empress 1908 gin
1 oz. Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
1 oz. Liqueur de Violettes
2 oz. freshly squeezed (of course) lemon juice

Shake with ice, strain, garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Oh, no–here we go now! Stay good, amici! And we will do our best to do the same! See you sooner next time, OK?

P.S. Someone beautiful is feeling much better, too. Ms. April Katt celebrated her 18th birthday on April first! We like to hold hands. XOXOX ♥

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