In the video below, Gary Crunkleton, owner of the Crunkleton in Chapel Hill and the Crunkleton Charlotte, discusses his passion for classic cocktails and describes how to make the classic Aviation.
2 ounces London Dry gin (Tanqueray)
.25 ounce Luxardo Maraschino liqueur
1 ounce fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup (1-to-1 sugar to water mix)
1/8 ounce creme de violette liqueur (Bitter Truth)
Pour all ingredients into a shaking tin filled with ice cubes. Shake for 10 seconds and strain into a chilled cocktail coupe. Use a mesh strainer to ensure no pulp from the lemon or small ice particles get into the drink. Garnish with a skewer of three rinsed maraschino cherries from Luxardo.
Be proud that you are enjoying one of the most delightful of the classic cocktails. Enjoy and smile!