One of my favorite cocktails of all time, and this month’s Cocktail of the Month, is the Aviation, for a variety of reasons. First, the inclusion of gin in any cocktail is so necessary for the warm-weather months, and what better way to show off the flavors of a London Dry than with some lemon juice and cherry liqueur? Second, I find this cocktail is incredibly approachable when it comes to switching from winter libations to spring drinks. It’s slightly bitter, which is what many of us enjoy when it’s cold out, but it’s also crisp and refreshing—two things that are perfect for a spring cocktail.
Aviation image courtesy of ChodHound via Flickr/CC
Read on for a recipe for the perfect Aviation cocktail, provided by the ever-wonderful Dave Wondrich. Let us know what you think, and tell us about your favorite gin cocktails in the comments section. Cheers!
The AviationAdapted from Esquire.com
2 oz London Dry Gin
2 tsp Maraschino
¾ oz Lemon juice
In a cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice, combine the gin, Maraschino and lemon juice. Strain through a fine mesh into a chilled cocktail glass. Serve ungarnished.