How to Make an Aviation Cocktail
Mixologist Eben Freeman, of Tailor restaurant in New York City, demonstrates how to prepare an Aviation cocktail.
Released on 11/11/2008
Hi, this is Eben Freeman at Tailor Restaurant
in New York City.
We're gonna make a gin sour
with a slight modification.
Sour is a very old drink that usually just involve
a spirit, lemon juice, and simple syrup.
And in essence, that is what this drink is,
with just one small change.
It's actually a very old change,
and this is a classic cocktail
that a lot of cocktail geeks like to order.
This is an aviation cocktail.
It starts out with a sour base.
One ounce of lemon juice,
two ounces of gin.
What I call a scant half ounce of maraschino.
There's a few different maraschino liquors on the market.
Two of the most popular are made by Luxardo and Maraska.
In this drink, I really think the Maraska,
which is a little bit cleaner,
a little less funkier than the Luxardo,
is the right one to choose, but you can decide.
Try them both.
And I put in the what I call the scant half ounce
which means that I don't fill the jigger
all the way to the tope.
I leave it just a little bit below.
And then I'm gonna add just the slightest dash
of simple syrup,
which is really just sugar water.
And the idea here is really taking a sour
and sort of a base,
and then just adding a slight little modification to it.
This cherry isn't easily identifiable
as cherry flavor that we all remember.
It's a little bit off,
but there is something there that is cherry.
So again, there's something interesting
and mysterious about this drink
when you're really just adding
three different ingredients.
Just go and add some ice to our shaker,
and give that a strong shake.
I like to serve this drink
in a little bit different style of drink.
Since there is a little bit of cordial in there,
I like to put it in one of these fluted cordials.
And for a garnish, since there is cherry,
I like to use some of my homemade maraschino cherries,
just dropped right in the drink.
Just like the drink itself,
cherry is somewhat identifiable,
and somewhat mysterious at the same time
down in the bottom.
So that is a gin sour with a slight twist,