Aviation is a mixed drink that combines gin, maraschino liqueur and crème de violette. This concoction has been described as "a perfect summer refresher" and is often served with a slice of lemon or lime garnish on top.
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with the brandied cherry, if desired.
Aviation is one of the most classic gin cocktails, dating back to before World War I. It was first mentioned in Huge Enslinn’s book “Recipes for Mixed Drinks." This book was published in 1916 when he worked at Hotel Wallick NYC during that time.