Joined: Apr 25, 2009
From: Upstate New York
|Posted: 2011-04-30 04:47 am  Permalink|
After having an Aviation at a restaurant that she enjoyed, my wife (and I) ordered the requisite creme de violette and maraschino liquor, and then she didn't like the version we made at home. Do you have a recipe you enjoy that varies from the classic recipe of 2 parts gin, 1/2 part lemon, 1/2 part maraschino liquor, and 1/4 part creme de violette?
Also, what interesting things do you do with creme de violette and maraschino liquor, do you have any recipe suggestions?
Joined: Mar 08, 2010
|Posted: 2011-04-30 05:25 am  Permalink|
The Aviation is a tricky cocktail to get right. I find that many recipes go too heavy on the lemon juice and/or the maraschino. Try this one:
2 oz. dry gin (use a softer, citrus-forward gin like Plymouth or Bluecoat)
1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/4 oz. maraschino liqueur
1/4 oz. creme de violette
1/4 oz. simple syrup
Shake with ice and and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry, if desired. If you like your drinks on the sweeter side, you could up the simple syrup to 1/2 oz.
There are a ton of classic cocktails that call for maraschino liqueur; fewer call for creme de violette, but there are some (I'm partial to the Attention and the Violet Fizz). Try searching the Cocktail Database for recipes using those two ingredients:
Joined: Jan 23, 2011
From: Tampa Bay
|Posted: 2011-04-30 1:07 pm  Permalink|
we tried several versions, here's the variation my wife likes best by far:
1.5 oz gin
.5 oz lemon
.5 oz maraschino
.5 oz creme de violette.
shake over ice, strain into cocktail glass, garnish with cherry.
Joined: Apr 20, 2007
From: santa rosa, calif.
|Posted: 2011-05-03 08:30 am  Permalink|
I typically skip the violette in my Aviations as it can give the drink too many layers. I save the violette for a Blue Moon.
Joined: Aug 02, 2008
|Posted: 2011-05-13 05:21 am  Permalink|
I pour the creme de Violette into the bottom of the glass. Then, I mix the lemon juice, maraschino liqueur, and gin with ice. Strain carefully on top of creme de Violette. You should get a two toned drink. The first half tastes predominantly of maraschino liqueur. As the drink is finished the creme de Violette taste comes through...delicious and makes for a prettier drink this way.